President Donald Trump gestures as he gives the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File).
In a joint statement released Wednesday night, Burr and Warner welcomed Mueller's steady hand during these days of head-spinning developments.
The newspaper cited the White House's official written account of the Oval Office meeting. "It seems to me now to be a criminal investigation", said Senator Graham. But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.
Mr Rosenstein noting the talks to get rid of Mr Comey had lasted for months is unlikely to quell concerns about obstruction of justice, however.
"(Reporter question off camera): "Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn.
But Trump, after issuing a measured statement when the news first broke yesterday, allowed his resentment to burst forth overnight in angry morning tweets.
Trump's own timeline and rationale for firing Comey has repeatedly been amended by his administration.
The White House pointed to Rosenstein's memo last week as justification for Trump's abrupt decision to dismiss Comey.
They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on Islamic State with Russia's foreign minister. "So in many ways, our purview is broader", he said. "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".
Wyden also said he was looking into ways to obtain documents related to dealings with Russian Federation by Flynn.
"During his service as FBI Director for both President Bush and President Obama, Robert Mueller earned a reputation for independence and integrity, which are exactly the qualities needed to pursue the Russian Federation investigation to its conclusion", Alexander said. In addition, Comey wrote a memo detailing Trump's comments to him in February saying "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe, a source who saw the memo said on Tuesday.
Yesterday, shortly before Mr Trump's press conference at the White House, Mr Rosenstein briefed the entire U.S. senate on Capitol Hill, a previously-scheduled engagement.
The Justice Department on Friday issued a transcript of Rosenstein's remarks.
Trump promised he would announce his pick for FBI director "very soon", and said he aimed to restore the reputation of the bureau.
The appointment of the special counsel indicates other believe that's still open to question. Rosenstein wouldn't say, adding that it was part of the Mueller probe, according to Nolan.
"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., an Iraq war veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee.
But the president later told NBC News came to the decision to oust Comey after thinking about how "this Russian Federation thing.is a made up story".
The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision. The White House later tried to pin Trump's decision on the memo Rosenstein authored after that meeting.
"I'm fine with whatever people want to do", he added. "I wrote it. I believe it". Rosenstein denounced that as "profoundly wrong and unfair".
In March, Rosenstein made no pledge to Leahy and other Democrats to appoint a special counsel.
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