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Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'

20 May 2017

The briefing came a day after Rosenstein had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the probe. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.

The revelation by Rosenstein "means that the letter that the president sent us is not accurate", Murphy said, referring to Trump's statement attributing the firing to Rosenstein's memo. The appointment puts Mueller at the head of the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump's reported comment "astonishing and extremely troubling".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday defended the now-famous memo he wrote to President Donald Trump, which the President initially cited as a recommendation to fire FBI Director James Comey earlier this month.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

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Republicans continue to try to move the goalposts by moving the focus of the investigation on to Russian Federation. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign previous year.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also spoke to the press following Rosenstein's testimony but did not say much on Rosenstein's testimony.

The Justice Department announced yesterday that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump campaign associates. And of course, as you well know, Trump later admitted that he was going to fire Comey regardless of what anyone said.

It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax".

The new headlines were a fresh indication that Trump would not be able to change the subject from what appears to be an intensifying investigation reaching toward the president and his inner circle.

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USA stocks recovered ground on Thursday as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market, a day after Wall Street saw the biggest selloff in eight months on worries the political turmoil could undermine Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was returning to the Capitol on Friday for another closed-door session, this time with all members of the House.

But the president later told NBC News came to the decision to oust Comey after thinking about how "this Russian Federation a made up story". "It's special. The FBI has not had that special reputation with what happened in the campaign, what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign, and directly and indirectly to the more successful Trump campaign".

The President's tweets, which have been lampooned around the world as thought bubbles from an infantile, self-absorbed narcissist, could even be seen as a successful attempt to divert attention away from his worst week since entering the White House.

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Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Democratic senators had been prepared to press him to appoint a special prosecutor, and his decision defused their complaints, leading to praise instead.