Saturday, 18 November, 2017

How Minnesota's delegation to Congress responded to special counsel for Russian Federation probe

Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the"greatest witch hunt in American political history
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 05:48

While Rosenstein said he "chose the issues to include in my memorandum" and believed it was time for new leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he also said his memo was "not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination". "I believe it. I stand by it".

"It is hard to see a friend of yours being in the middle of that", said Jan Paul Miller, a St. Louis attorney who worked with Rosenstein when they were both assistant USA attorneys in Maryland.

"He also told me that Trump was perceptibly uncomfortable with this answer", wrote Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a critic of Trump. "He was explicitly non-responsive", Sherman said. Rosenstein's "got the power to do it and you have to accept it and it doesn't matter what we think".

What were the circumstances around Rosenstein's reported threat to resign if the White House continued to push the story that he initiated the move to fire Comey? Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russia played any role in his November election victory.In the Russian city of Sochi, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on Mueller's appointment, calling it an "internal matter" for the United States.Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans widely praised the appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russia probe.Rosenstein was due to brief us senators later on Thursday.

At his March confirmation hearing for the deputy attorney general job, Rosenstein refused to commit to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying he was aware of no requirement to recuse himself and had no first-hand knowledge of the probe anyway.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said Rosenstein was asked about the timeline of Comey's firing and essentially replied, "Let the record speak for itself".

Meanwhile Rosenstein briefs the House today on Russian Federation probe.

Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding: "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena
Attorney who received the contempt certification against Holder did-it might have to fall back on its inherent contempt authority. Flynn is faced with mounting legal bills, and held a meeting with friends to try to spur more work for his lobbying firm.

Rosenstein briefed senators Thursday afternoon in a classified, closed-door meeting.

The appointment was widely endorsed by politicians from both sides as calls for a special investigation had mounted since President Donald Trump fired James Comey from his role as FBI director last week.

A self-described friend of Comey's wrote in a public blog post on Thursday that Comey had told him that he had rebuffed a Trump request for loyalty by promising only honesty. The same political pressure that forced Rosenstein's hand also forced him to choose someone in whom most people could have confidence, someone who would not keep quiet if Trump or Sessions tried to interfere with him, and against whom credible grounds for dismissal would be almost impossible to find.

House members and senators said Rosenstein in his briefings steered clear of specifics in answering questions about his appointment of Mueller but made clear the former FBI director, will have wide latitude to pursue the investigation, potentially including criminal charges.

"This is a fight for the soul of our democracy", he added. An investigation by a truly independent special counsel is the only chance Mr. Trump has to salvage his presidency. Chaffetz has invited Comey to testify before the House Oversight Committee next week.

"So far, there's been no suggestion that we can not continue to go forward", Scalise told reporters. Mueller will take over the FBI investigation.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president.

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