Success! Robert Mueller Named Special Prosecutor for Russia Investigation

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She added that Rosenstein declined to provide details about Comey’s dismissal because she said Rosenstein is anxious to give wide latitude to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who Rosenstein appointed as special counsel Wednesday to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Mueller’s appointment was “a very wise decision” by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Hurl said.

“Franken’s spokesman told The Post he “was passionate about getting to the bottom of what happened”.

To emphasize the independence of his decision, Rosenstein did not notify White House counsel Donald McGahn of the appointment until 5:30 p.m., the same time Justice Department officials were briefing reporters and 30 minutes before the news became public.

“I don’t think I’m in a position to give any advice to President Trump”.

Moments before Mr Trump weighed in on Twitter, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin welcomed the special counsel investigation and said it was important to get facts in the Russian Federation probe.

The deputy attorney general’s hotly-anticipated meeting with senators came less than 24 hours after he appointed Mueller.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a “hoax” and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes. But Trump later contradicted that explanation, saying he’d made up his mind to fire Comey well before Rosenstein’s recommendation arrived on his desk.

The president abruptly fired Comey last week, raising questions about whether he was attempting to interfere in the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian operatives seeking to meddle in last year’s presidential election.

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development “helps assure people and the Justice Department that they’re going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we’ve called for all along”.

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, “hurts our country terribly”. That was the White House’s position initially after the deputy attorney general argued in a memo that Comey had erred in handling the FBI’s investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, even though Trump had praised Comey on the campaign trail previous year.

No, no. Next question“, Trump said when asked if he’d pressured Comey to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

“They certainly chose somebody who has both the adequate background and credibility and bipartisan support to be able to effectively conduct the investigation”, Murray said.

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history” he tweeted.

By May 10, White House officials had backed off blaming Rosenstein for the firing and the next day, Trump contradicted his own officials and told NBC News that the decision to fire Comey was his alone and that he was thinking of “this Russian Federation thing with Trump” when he made it. “In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country”. As late as March Wittes says, “Trump was still trying to get [Comey] on board”.

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