Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The president's son-in-law initially omitted contacts with foreign leaders from a national security questionnaire, though his lawyer has said publicly he submitted the form prematurely and informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation soon after he would provide an update.
"It was a counterintelligence investigation before now".
He added: "I thought that was something that was awful". Lindsey Graham of SC.
The Justice Department says Mueller, the new special counsel, has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump associates.
"I wrote it. I believe it".
He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly". McCaskill thinks Mueller will be given significant space to investigate alleged ties to Russian Federation or obstruction of justice on the part of Trump.
"Mueller's in charge, completely in charge of this investigation", said Durbin. At the same time, the timeline he provided makes clear that Rosenstein did not initiate the process in the final phase - as senators said after Thursday's briefing. Cory Booker but added that "it was good to hear from him directly and not through the media filter".
Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". "So, one of the biggest losers in this decision is the public".
Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether Trump's election campaign had links with Russian Federation in the United States polls previous year.
Contacted by the Times, White House press secretary Sean Spice did not deny Trump had made the statements, saying Comey's "grandstanding and politicizing" of the Russian Federation probe had put "unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".
Trump not only spotted Comey, he called to him by name and appeared to blow him a kiss.
But Rosenstein contradicted the White House's original explanation, according to some Democratic senators.
Then, in late October - with the election looming - Comey announced in a bombshell memo that his agency would reopen its Clinton probe. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters.
But Rosenstein's full statement provides a robust defense of his own actions, and a more complex and nuanced timeline leading up to Comey's ouster. "I'm not sure he addressed that with the level of clarity most people wanted", Republican Sen.
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