Graham: Russia probe seems to be 'criminal investigation'
Graham: Russia probe seems to be 'criminal investigation'
19 May, 2017, 17:40
"So the bottom line here is, the president may not have liked this decision".
"He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed, prior to writing his memo", Senator Claire McCaskill told reporters after the meeting.
"I got a very strong recommendation, as you know, from the deputy attorney general", Mr Trump said, responding to questions about Mr Comey's firing. The memo harshly criticized Comey's handling of an investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails. Later, though, Trump told NBC News that he would have fired Comey "regardless" and was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.
By Wednesday evening, a Republican source said that the move effectively shut down Congress' intense digging into Comey and his conversations with Trump.
"I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".
"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters that it appears the FBI investigation is turning into a criminal investigation rather than a counterintelligence probe.
A day after appointing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to lead the independent probe, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appeared behind closed doors before the full Senate.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former CT attorney general, told reporters, "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice".
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he was supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings. Mr Comey is said to have declined, and only offered his "honesty".
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Graham said that if he were Mueller, he would "jealously guard the witness pool", making it less likely that Comey will testify before congressional committees about his firing.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump tweeted, "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. "If I were the president I would focus on defending the nation".
Trump used his Twitter account to point the finger at everyone but himself, showing just how much the special council appointment on Russian Federation bothers him.
"I didn't hear anything classified" during the briefing, Graham said.
"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special (counsel) appointed", Trump tweeted.
"That was a consistent statement of his throughout", Murphy said.
It marks at least the third time in just over a week that Trump has either contradicted or muddled a statement from his White House.
"I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country", Efe quoted Trump as saying.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought questions over Russia's alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign to a boil. However, US media reported that a top Republican on that panel said it had been advised that Mr Flynn would not honour a subpoena to appear before the committee for questioning.
Rosenstein plans to brief members of the House at a closed-door meeting Friday.
Trump has denied any collusion with the Russian government and no evidence has been publicly presented to show such collusion. When asked whether he had urged Comey to shut down the Flynn investigation, Trump quickly replied: "No.
Officials said the ban would only affect flights originating from select airports that do not thoroughly screen carry-on luggage. Department of Homeland Security and the European Union swapped information about threats involving air travel.
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Trump's alleged pressure on Comey - denied by the White House - has exposed the president to accusations of obstructing justice. Putin offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.
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Times Square crash victim was 18-year-old MI woman
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