Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Trump blasts Russian Federation investigation as a 'witch hunt'

Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington U.S. before his departure Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington U.S. before his departure
Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 18:12

"He learned of the president's decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale", Durbin said.

Rosenstein's decision to bring in a special counsel should bring clarity to whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians, whether the president knowingly ignored advice about Mike Flynn, his first national security adviser, and if he did, why, and whether the president asked now-fired FBI Director James Comey to take a loyalty oath to him and to drop the Flynn investigation.

Rosenstein authored a memo criticizing Comey at length for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited this memo in a letter to Trump recommending he fire Comey.

"There is mounting evidence of obstruction of justice", Blumenthal said, avoiding a specific question as to whether he was referring to President Trump or the firing of Comey. I actually thought when I made that decision - and I also got a very, very strong recommendation as you know from the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein was originally invited by the two Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY, to explain Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. The Republican senator John McCain said that Trump's troubles had reached "Watergate size and scale".

Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the right decision was made to name a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigaton of Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 US election.

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

The Senate investigation seems to have hit a roadblock, however. Sen. And Repubican Senator Bill Cassidy said Rosenstein stressed that the existence of the investigation itself does not mean that somebody definitively committed a crime.

"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". Cory Booker said it was good to hear from Rosenstein directly instead of hearing the information "filtered through the press", adding there are still many facts about Comey's termination that remain unseen. "Not completely, but pretty much", Graham said.

But President Trump had a different opinion, taking to Twitter to call the selection of a special counsel "The single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

"I am not on a witch hunt". "And the need for former Director Comey to come testify in public soon is as great as ever". He also assured the audience at a separate event that, "believe me, there's no collusion". Lindsey Graham said he believes the investigation has evolved into a criminal investigation.

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. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr spokeswoman Rebecca Glover said. Running on a pledge to tear apart Washington, Trump still depends on Obama administration holdovers and career government employees, many of whom oppose him. "I am confident he will serve with integrity and professionalism, and will conduct a thorough and fair investigation". 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 the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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