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Vermont senators praise special prosecutor appointment

19 May 2017

Claire McCaskill said that Rosenstein, who has come under scrutiny for being perceived as the inspiration for Trump firing Comey, told the senators that Trump was planning on terminating Comey before the deputy attorney general wrote his letter of recommendation.

"The only thing I will say is that Rosenstein did a very good job articulating the fact that his goal is to make sure that all of the information is available to the public", GOP South Carolina Sen.

Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of MA echoed that sentiment, saying there was "considerable frustration" and that "he refused to answer a lot of questions".

Rosenstein on Wednesday announced the appointment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's alleged interference in last year's U.S. election, and possible collusion with Trump's campaign to tilt the vote in the billionaire businessman's favor.

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Rosenstein's appearance before the House comes one day after privately briefing the entire Senate.

Rosenstein briefed all 100 senators late Thursday on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, to attend a briefing of the full Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein amid controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. The reports, based on a memo Comey wrote after their conversation, fueled allegations by Democrats that the Republican president may have been trying to obstruct the investigation.

First of all, whatever Mueller will find after the investigation will put an end to the case given the untarnished reputation he has on both sides of the fence. "This is a fight for the soul of our democracy", he added. "We can not afford to lose this one".

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Zeidenberg was the assistant special counsel in the 2003 investigation into the leaking of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame, which ultimately lead to Vice President Dick Cheney's advisor Scooter Libby being convicted of obstruction of justice, among other counts. At this point, however, Scalise affirms that the House intelligence committee will continue doing what it's been doing.

"(Rosenstein) did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill said.

"Congress' ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC.

The bipartisan consensus afterward is that the Trump-Russia investigation has taken on a new level of seriousness.

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