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Trump Has 'Clear Intent to Influence This Russian Investigation — CNN's Cuomo

Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 16:04

In tapping Mueller - a solid figure who served ably as Federal Bureau of Investigation director under two presidents - that's what Rosenstein did. "Zero", Trump said, standing next to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who was meeting with Trump at the White House, prompting the presser.

That's according to several United States senators who met with Rosenstein Thursday afternoon in a secure room in the Capitol basement. NPR's Geoff Bennett joins us now.

In December, Velázquez was the first member of Congress to call for a special counsel, a request she repeated after Flynn's resignation in February. But here's the thing. So today was Rosenstein's chance to answer questions about that and frankly defend his reputation. "So poor in fact that, I believe - and you'd have to ask him, because I don't like to speak for other people - but I believe that's why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very, very strong letter", Trump said.

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

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

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", Trump said in a brief statement Wednesday.

"He knew the day before", Durbin said of Rosenstein. Many who admired Rosenstein were stunned that he would let himself be used this way; I argued last week that "if he cares at all about rehabilitating the reputation he built, Rosenstein has one option: He can appoint a serious, independent and above-reproach special counsel - the sort of person Rosenstein was seen as, until this week - to continue the Russian Federation probe".

CORNISH: So help us read between the lines. Why make a point to say that? Rosenstein threatened to resign from the Justice Department because of the explanation that White House officials were giving reporters about the firing, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Jays' Ceciliani headed to DL due to shoulder injury
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller on Wednesday to the position, reports CNN.

Trump later said in an interview with NBC News last week that he had made a decision to fire Comey "regardless of the recommendation" from the Justice Department. What was the president's rationale?

I think it divides the country.

The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election. Mueller said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

For now at least, the Russian Federation probes are the purview of Mueller and the congressional Intelligence committees. And of course it may not.

"We still have questions and we'll be outlining those in the days ahead", Casey said.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to instruct a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton if he won. But here's something that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out after the briefing.

Trump's tweets signal his White House - or at least the man in charge - will try to resist Mueller's investigation, meaning the shadow of that probe will now hang over a White House in need of a morale boost.

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