Trump Denies Pressuring Comey to End Flynn Probe
The special counsel’s job is to investigate potential crimes and decide whether prosecutions are warranted, while it is the responsibility of lawmakers to hold officials responsible and exercise oversight of government.
Trump said that Comey “was very unpopular with most people” and said that he was expecting more widespread praise for the firing. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner.
Mr Trump met with the Russians on 10 May – the day after Mr Comey was sacked.
That’s if the president was trying “corruptly” to influence the Flynn probe.
“Believe me, there’s no collusion”, the president continued.
However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.
“I respect the move [to appoint a special counsel] but the entire thing has been a witch-hunt”. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history” he tweeted.
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe. 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. “So we want to get back and keep on the track that we’re on”. Still, he said, “A lot of people in the room were shocked” to learn that the appointment of a special counsel will limit Congress’s ability to investigate.
Mueller was appointed Wednesday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had faced criticism as the author of a memo that preceded Comey’s firing.
In a written statement, Trump insisted anew there were no nefarious ties between his campaign and Russian Federation. 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.
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the “proliferation” of hearings. “When I made that decision I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad thing about Director Comey”.
US President Donald Trump has denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties with Russian Federation, calling it an unprecedented “witch hunt” that “hurts our country terribly”.
“America cannot solve all of the world’s problems, but we can – and we must – help any nation willing to join in the common cause of eradicating terrorism from the face of the earth”, he said.
On a day of fast-moving developments, the House intelligence committee announced that it, too, had asked for documents, in this case from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. Trump said he acted because Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, “wasn’t doing a good job” leading the agency, calling him a “showboat” and a “grandstander”. Rosenstein’s “got the power to do it and you have to accept it and it doesn’t matter what we think”. He was so valued that President Barack Obama asked him to stay on two years longer than his 10-year term.