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Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed Special Counsel to Oversee Russia Probe

Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed Special Counsel to Oversee Russia Probe

Leaving their meeting Wednesday, a number of conservative House Republicans said they and their constituents remained firmly supportive of the president, and they questioned why there are so many leaks coming out that are hurtful to Trump.

Ryan's comments after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans came as lawmakers grappled with a series of damaging developments out of the White House over the past week. "Our job is to get the facts and be sober about doing that", he said. The former director, who reportedly agreed that Flynn was a good guy, subsequently recorded their conversation in a memo, which he shared with senior Federal Bureau of Investigation employees.

The tumult in Washington deepened on Tuesday over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday warned against "rushing to judgment" over embattled President Donald Trump, stressing that U.S. lawmakers need to establish the facts before considering next steps.

On Wednesday, an investigation into his campaign's ties with Moscow was significantly strengthened by the appointment of straight-shooting former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead it.

The White House initially said last week that Trump was prompted to fire Comey after reading the Rosenstein letter.

Congressional Oversight Committees and members of both parties are now asking to see Comey's notes on the Oval Office encounter.

While stocks are slipping, gold is on the rise - as is usually the case in times of turmoil.

"Personally, just from what I know right now, it's being made a bigger deal than what it is", said Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Georgia, who said that the president has not committed an obstruction of justice. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added. On February 13, Flynn resigned from his post, acknowledging that he had provided White House officials with "incomplete information" over a phone call he'd had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Trump fired Comey on May 9.

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Last week, after India challenged the death sentence, Pakistan was asked by the International Court to put it on hold. The next day, the global court gave Jadhav a lease of life and stayed the death sentence as a provisional measure.

While some cracks have begun to appear among Republicans, party leaders said Wednesday that they were waiting for more information. At their news conference, Ryan and other House Republican leaders talked about National Police Week and their plans to overhaul the US tax code before reporters raised questions about the Trump controversies.

"I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us".

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed", he said. "Move on to tax reform". Two days later, however, Trump contradicted the DOJ by saying that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind when in Comey's sacking.

"If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn", Chaffetz wrote.

Lawmakers need to hear Comey testify and get documents or transcripts of any meetings he had with Trump, Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN on Wednesday.

Sharing the information isn't against the law, but it is a profoundly risky move that sets back USA intelligence gathering efforts, especially in the fight against the Islamic State. Putin made light of the matter at a news conference in Russian Federation, saying Moscow was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to US lawmakers if that would help reassure them. But the controversy got even hotter on Tuesday when multiple news outlets, citing a memo written by Comey, reported that Trump had asked Comey to back off on the FBI's investigation of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Israeli intelligence agents were concerned that information given to Russian Federation could be passed on to Iran, it reported.

Others are already considering leaving, and allies due to join the administration say they are holding off.

Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, who is heading the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russian interference in last year's election, said Tuesday night that members of Congress have to "compartmentalize" amid White House distractions.


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