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Special Counsel For Russia Probe "Hurts Country"

Special Counsel For Russia Probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller after a succession of events brought to a head questions over Russia's alleged meddling in the election.

MCCASKILL: He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo.

The official announcement of Comey's dismissal cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her 2009-2013 tenure as Secretary of State.

Other senators who attended Rosenstein's briefing said that Rosenstein didn't address who asked him to write the memo. Are there more Comey memos of conversations he had with President Trump, and just how is this special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election going to work anyway? He is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation.

"This entire thing is a witch hunt propagated by a failed political campaign", he tweeted.

On Wednesday, Trump said no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly" than himself. "In my view, this is likely a move answering to the growing drumbeat for some kind of accountability", Daria said.

Rosenstein's decision to appoint Mueller as special counsel could impede the congressional probes, senators said.

On a day of fast-moving developments, the house of representatives intelligence committee announced that it, too, had asked for documents, in this case from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the justice department. "The real risk here is interference by the White House or by [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions' appointees, not some issue involving WilmerHale".

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Rosenstein's appointment, effective immediately, gives Mueller the power to look into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump", as well as the ability to criminally prosecute involved parties should the evidence ultimately implicate them.

Originally, the Trump White House claimed that Comey was sacked based on a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sen.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel has been welcomed by politicians from both sides.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former CT attorney general, told reporters, "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters that it appears the FBI investigation is turning into a criminal investigation rather than a counterintelligence probe.

Some Republicans continue to question the need for an independent prosecutor, noting that multiple probes have been under way for months.

Early in the day, a seething Trump took to Twitter to blast the appointment, which shook Washington and sent world stock markets tumbling.

In some of the longest exchanges with reporters during a week filled with explosive headlines, including news that Comey had penned a memo documenting the president asking him to stop investigating Flynn, Trump said he thought the decision to fire Comey would be bipartisan, said repeatedly there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation, and attempted to spin it as a partisan distraction.


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