Trump decries ‘single greatest witch hunt’ in US history
Mr. Flynn allegedly told friends last month he was still in contact with Mr. Trump, who urged him to “stay strong” in the face of the investigation, according to a report Thursday from Yahoo News.
“He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to writing his memo”, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill told reporters after the briefing.
According to Schmidt’s report, Trump short-circuited what Comey considered to be the proper channels and etiquette by requesting information as to when it would be officially acknowledged that the president himself was not personally under investigation.
Rosenstein did not notify White House Counsel Donald McGahn of Mueller’s appointment until Justice Department officials were already briefing reporters, the Post notes.
“There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign – but I can only speak for myself – and the Russians”.
Rosenstein briefed the Senate for 90 minutes Thursday, a meeting Democrats demanded after the release of his memo.
The House Intelligence Committee, of which he is the most senior Democratic member, yesterday requested more documents from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to its ongoing Russian Federation probe.
The announcement, the latest in the shock-a-day Washington saga, was made by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
In August, Trump said to an enthusiastic crowd that a special prosecutor must take over the investigation into his Democratic rival’s emails. “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”.
“What we all find odd is that all of sudden he made a decision to put that in a memo and send it over the president”, Cardin said. But American and Israeli spy professionals say they’re frustrated and fearful about the repercussions to the US-Israeli intelligence partnership.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
The news that Rosenstein knew about Comey’s firing before he wrote the memo could make the deputy attorney general a witness in Mueller’s investigation, the Times noted.
At the February 27 press briefing, Spicer said, “I think that Russia’s involvement in activity has been investigated up and down”.
“It was a counter-intelligence investigation before now, it seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation”, Graham said in an interview on Thursday.
“You’re pretty well knocked out of the game”, he said about the ongoing high-profile congressional probes, “and that’s probably the way it should be”.
The White House cited a letter from Rosenstein to the president advocating for Comey’s dismissal over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Since Comey’s firing on May 9, the calls for Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel have intensified, especially from Democratic lawmakers who believe he can longer be impartial in the Russian Federation investigation, given his role in the firing.
“I look forward to this matter concluding quickly”, Mr. Trump said in the statement.
Republican lawmakers also want to “distance themselves from a scandal that is threatening to overwhelm this Presidency”, Mahaffee said.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!” he added later, without providing examples.
It’s still early days in the Trump v. Comey heavyweight fight to define the reality of what exactly was said between the two men behind closed doors.
“I think there is, first of all, concern about the damage that was specifically done to Israeli assets as a result of this leak”, Chemi Shalev, a columnist for the Israeli paper Haaretz, said in NPR’s Up First podcast Wednesday, “secondly, concern about the safety of information that is moved to the United States and angry, then, at the fact that this relationship would be put in such jeopardy”.