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Trump says special counsel appointment "hurts our country terribly"

19 May 2017

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.

Mr Trump responded by once again denying any links to Moscow, but a new Reuters report quoting current and former United States officials said Mr Michael Flynn and other advisers to Mr Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials on at least 18 occasions during the last seven months of the presidential race.

McCaskill said he would have "complete discretion to take the investigation" where it needs to go.

For instance, Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski were appointed special prosecutors to investigate the Watergate scandal during President Nixon's administration. "That's a benefit to us", Lankford said. He sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Graham is not privy to the DOJ's inner workings.

But Trump nearly immediately undermined that explanation in an interview with NBC News, saying, "Regardless of the recommendation I was going to fire Comey". That telling cast Rosenstein as the prime person behind the decision to fire Comey, even though Trump later stated that he already had chose to termination the director before asking Rosenstein for the memo.

Who knew what before the firing of FBI Director James Comey?

Asked if he thought he had done anything to warrant criminal charges or impeachment as some on the left have demanded, the Republican president replied: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

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At the February 27 press briefing, Spicer said, "I think that Russia's involvement in activity has been investigated up and down".

"I think that both the House and the Senate have looked at it. the intelligence community has looked at it, as well", Spicer said. "And numerous questions he declined to answer came down to his concern of whether he might interfere with the investigation by Robert Mueller".

"One of the big losers in this decision is the public", Graham said as he explained that Mueller might try to prevent Comey from testifying before Congress. At this point, it's far too early to tell what Mueller's investigation will reveal (if anything at all), and if it will have any of the same consequences as previous special investigations.

"Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review".

He says from the public's standpoint, not much is going to change. "Let's let this play out the way it should".

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

"Whatever review that Congress wants to do, I think that's the first step", she said. "There are two committees that are now doing that".

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Lest we forget, President Richard Nixon picked L. Patrick Gray, a Nixon loyalist, to fill the post of acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director following the death of J. Edgar Hoover in May 1972.

Sanders also suggested that a Russian Federation probe is not something "that the American people care about". I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.

The Justice Department says Mueller, the new special counsel, has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump associates.

Initially, Mr Trump appeared to welcome the move.

A special counsel is empowered to conduct the investigation independent of the Justice Department hierarchy, with a dedicated staff of his choosing.

Rosenstein did not notify White House Counsel Donald McGahn of Mueller's appointment until Justice Department officials were already briefing reporters, the Post notes.

During the White House press conference on Thursday, when asked whether he required Comey to shut down the probe into Flynn, Trump answered: "No. No". There has never been anything like it. His booting made a ton of politicians super angry and many demanded a special prosecutor.

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