Monday, 25 September, 2017

'Mueller's exactly who should be leading this investigation' - former FBI official

Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 16:03

The briefing came a day after Rosenstein had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the probe. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

"He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill said.

The news is significant because the White House initially said Trump fired Comey after reading Rosenstein's recommendation.

The meeting, at which all senators were free to ask questions and make statements, had been expected to be contentious as anger flared over Comey's dismissal and Rosenstein's possible role in it.

"He knew the day before", Durbin said of Rosenstein. "And numerous questions he declined to answer came down to his concern of whether he might interfere with the investigation by Robert Mueller".

"No, not at all", was the answer Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind) gave when asked if the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller was evidence of a witch hunt.

The Wednesday decision to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller, an apolitical outsider, to oversee the case seemed meant to restore public faith in an independent Justice Department following a series of headache-inducing headlines.

"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". "If I were Mr. Mueller, I would jealously guard the witness pool".

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One big historical difference in terms of the appointment of this special prosecutor is that it is coming so early in the Trump presidency.

The Hill spoke to numerous congress Republicans about President Trump's "witch hunt" tweet. That's something that, perhaps inadvertently, Graham nodded to. "But beyond that, we're going to have to work this thing out". Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation". "That is a train wreck waiting to happen".

The rumored front-runner for the position is former Democratic Sen.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mueller was the right choice for the job. Committees in both houses of Congress have invited Comey to testify publicly. "Nothing really has changed".

Comey announced in March that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also investigating Russian hacking during the 2016 election, including potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

"[Rosenstein] said over and over again that Mueller is going to draw the scope of this investigation, that Mueller is going to have the resources, that Mueller is not going to be interfered with by him or the Department of Justice", said Democratic Sen.

Rosenstein has publicly denied being conscious of his reputation, telling a Baltimore business group this week: "I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States".

He said the president will continue to do what he wants, when he wants - and a lot of people are frightened by that. "And the need for former Director Comey to come testify in public soon is as great as ever".

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