Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russian Federation links 'hurts United States terribly'

Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 22:55

Trump's own timeline and rationale for firing Comey has repeatedly been amended by his administration.

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Christopher Murphy of CT backed up Durbin's account of the briefing.

Rosenstein told senators that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote his letter, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said. 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.

Rosenstein's announcement comes a day after his appointment of former F.B.I. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation ties.

Lawmakers said Rosenstein was careful in his wording, in part because of the potential scope of Mueller's probe. This effort should in no way be allowed to impede the ability of the Senate Intelligence Committee to conduct and conclude its investigation into the same subject.

"If he is able to come in as a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, use the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that are already there, use the process that's already in the place, this will actually get to resolution much faster".

Burr, chairman of the Senate panel, said of Flynn and his refusal to comply, "We'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is". Graham noted that the creation of the special counsel by Rosenstein will likely impede the congressional investigations.

Following Rosenstein's testimony, a number of Senators came out to take about what happened in the closed-door meeting.

"Congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited", said South Carolina Sen.

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Rosenstein fielded questions in the closed session for more than an hour, but many senators left the briefing unsatisfied.

"It was a good briefing but there was nothing earth shattering", Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said of Rosenstein after the hearing. Some Democrats have lauded the appointment, seeing it as corroborating their allegations about collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to flip the election.

The Deputy Attorney-General cited "unique circumstances" as the reason for his decision. Now, Republican Senator Marco Rubio was asked that same question.

"We have two very different missions".

"It was a counterintelligence investigation before now". John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he thought it was in nobody's interest to impede Mueller's investigation. Just as importantly, if there is nothing there, Mueller is one of the few people that Trump critics would trust. Trump wrote in Twitter postings on Thursday morning.

"The President has spoken forcefully time and time again that he has no interests in Russian Federation, he hasn't talked to people in Russian Federation in years, and yet you keep asking", Spicer said.

"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena".

"The problem with this whole process is the public doesn't find out what the heck is going on and whether our election was hacked", Zeidenberg said.

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