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Special counsel in Russian Federation probe 'hurts country terribly'

19 May 2017

In an interview in April with the Washington Examiner, he declared: "The Russia is a faux story".

Wednesday's appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign drew a restrained initial response - followed by angry tweets - from Trump and cautious approval from Florida members of Congress. Trump muddled the waters further on Thursday, when he again cited Rosenstein's memo as one of the reasons he fired Comey.

Trump has been dismissive of the seriousness of accusations he has made against others, including when he alleged without evidence that President Obama had wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower, an act that would have been illegal.

Instead of being a popular decision, the firing was met by a tsunami of criticism by Democrats because as FBI director, Comey oversaw the investigation of Russian meddling in the US election and potential ties to Trump's campaign. Trump attached both documents to his letter informing Comey of his removal.

In the 1990s, Democrats complained that independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton, overstepped his authority.

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President Trump has insisted he is not the one under investigation, but that could easily change. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters.

A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop. However, a special counsel has less autonomy than a special prosecutor, a role phased out in 1999.

That appointment will impede congressional committees' ability to conduct their own investigations, said Graham. Running on a pledge to tear apart Washington, Trump still depends on Obama administration holdovers and career government employees, many of whom oppose him.

But Trump nearly immediately undermined that explanation in an interview with NBC News, saying, "Regardless of the recommendation I was going to fire Comey".

"He would be a hard client to serve", Baron said.

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After the Senate briefing was announced Monday by a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement that he hoped senators on both sides of the aisle would "use this opportunity to seek the full truth" about Comey's firing. That's my first rule.

"I'm fine with whatever people want to do", he added.

Many in the steady stream of headlines about the Russian Federation investigation have been generated by Trump himself, making it more challenging for his administration to refocus on policy issues.

Daria Roithmayr, constitutional law expert, professor and chair of law at USC spoke EXCLUSIVELY with about what this investigation means and if it could lead to the end of President Trump's run in the White House.

The White House will not say whether Trump recorded conversations in the Oval Office. But the comments touched off immediate comparisons to President Richard Nixon - except that rather than keeping the possible existence of tapes a secret, Trump might have spoken publicly about them and opened himself up to future legal challenges.

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"In fact, I think it's welcomed news for the administration as well as Republicans on the Hill, because with the credibility that Director Mueller brings to this position as the special counsel and the integrity he brings to that process, whatever the facts are he's going to get to the facts", the freshman lawmaker said. "They would be seen as evidence".