Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

US Deputy AG Rosenstein to Brief House Members on Trump-Russia Probe

Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 19:03

According to The New York Times, Trump's personal advisers are urging him to seek outside counsel in the investigations regarding whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russian Federation.

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The remarks were made shortly after the Senate met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"Based on the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Mr Rosenstein said.

"I think it was a mistake", Swecker said on "Squawk Box", a day after Trump said he was the target of a "witch hunt" after the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At a White House lunch with reporters on Thursday, Trump was asked about the appointment of a special counsel.

Fellow South Carolina Republican, Senator Tim Scott noted that the special counsel will "get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", The Associated Press (AP) reported. "And I think this shows a very divided country".

Utah's Chaffetz expected to leave office by end of June
This came after The New York Times reported that Comey wrote memos detailing his interactions with the president. In February, he met a packed townhall in his Utah district, filled with constituents chanting, "do your job".

"The entire thing has been a witch hunt", he declared, echoing one of the tweets he'd sent out just after dawn: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved by take-off time. 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.

And Senator John Cornyn, who had been considered a contender for FBI director but removed himself from the running, said he believes senators are taking the investigation "enormously seriously".

"Mueller's in charge, completely in charge of this investigation", said Durbin.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.

On a day of fast-moving developments, the House intelligence committee announced that it, too, had asked for documents, in this case from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

First, it's crucial to distinguish between a "special counsel", such as this is, and an "independent counsel". Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr indicated at one point that Flynn was resisting the committee's document subpoenas, but later clarified that he hadn't actually heard from Flynn's lawyer to that effect and he would welcome "their willingness to cooperate". Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation.

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