Senator Lindsey Graham: Special Russia probe appears to be ‘criminal investigation’
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He also has the unquestioned authority to call any and all members of Trump’s staff to ask them about the administration’s inner workings and to produce all relevant documents. Ryan said Congress “can’t deal with speculation and innuendo” and m.
The idea that Rosenstein would come to Congress and give them any new information was wishful thinking, but the one thing that the Trump White House can’t grasp is how much it would help them to be honest with Congress.
Trump could have viewed Mueller’s appointment on a negative note but Fox News’ Eric Erickson thought the opposite and advised that the GOP should even rejoice over the appointment on many points.
The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.
The newspaper cited the White House’s official written account of the Oval Office meeting.
But Mueller could put off such an appearance, wanting to keep Comey’s testimony out of the public eye until the special counsel’s work is done. And of course, as you well know, Trump later admitted that he was going to fire Comey regardless of what anyone said. Joe Lieberman was among his top choices.
“Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion“, he replied.
However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous. “I believe it. I stand by it”.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history”, he said in a tweet. Durbin also said that Rosenstein wouldn’t say who asked him to write the memo because Rosenstein didn’t want to affect the special counsel investigation.
Rosenstein told lawmakers he didn’t want to infringe on newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein named this week to lead the probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. Despite the president’s furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller’s appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos.
“We’ll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie”, said Senator Tim Scott.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Trump planned to fire FBI Director Jim Comey before he sat down to write a memo criticizing Comey’s conduct. The investigation could include an examination of whether Mr. Trump committed obstruction of justice when he asked Mr. Comey to shut down the investigation of Mr. Flynn, and then fired Mr. Comey.
The Justice Department on Friday issued the text of Rosenstein’s opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.
“That was a poor, poor performance”, Trump said. “Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad things about Director Comey”.
He has made similar complaints before, but this one came the day after the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the federal Trump-Russia investigation.
But Graham said that Mueller’s appointment now shifts the FBI probe into a higher gear, and is likely to hamper the House and Senate intelligence committees’ investigations into Russian electoral interference. “It’s special. The FBI has not had that special reputation with what happened in the campaign, what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign, and directly and indirectly to the more successful Trump campaign”.
Trump has denied the conversation took place.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Democrats should take a lesson from the appointment of a special counsel.
He said both Republicans and Democrats both applauded when he responded to a question about the ability of Mueller to decide the contours of the investigation.