Trump Says 'There is No Collusion' With Russia

Trump Says 'There is No Collusion' With Russia

"He appointed Mueller because he was cognizant enough to understand whether or not he thought he could be fair in the investigation was irrelevant", said Steven Silverman, a Baltimore attorney who has known Rosenstein for years. In the last few days, reports have surfaced that Comey kept memos of their conversations, including one in which he pressured Comey to drop an investigation into his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

A self-described friend of Comey's wrote in a public blog post on Thursday that Comey had told him that he had rebuffed a Trump request for loyalty by promising only honesty.

Trump also has a habit of seeing political events through a prism of his own image and how they affect his reputation.

"There is mounting evidence of obstruction of justice", said Blumenthal (D-Conn.) "No conclusion yet that there was, but that evidence needs to be pursued and there are a variety of pieces of evidence and the firing of Director Comey may be one of them".

But Thursday morning, Trump tweeted a more aggressive tone, calling the investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign a "witch hunt", a sentiment he reiterated later Thursday during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Rosenstein received support from the Senate a month ago when he was confirmed by a vote of 94 to 6 to be the Justice Department's second-highest-ranking official.

On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein finally did something that he should have done as soon as he was confirmed to his post: hand the Russian Federation investigation to a special counsel with an impeccable reputation for hard work, tenacity, and fairness. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited this memo in a letter to Trump recommending he fire Comey.

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The Associated Press reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan supported the thorough and independent investigation.

Once again, Trump's tweets on Thursday saw him stake out a radical departure from the official White House line on an important issue, a habit that has repeatedly undermined his press operation in recent days, and made it even more hard for his administration to move on from a string of self-imposed crises.

However, President Donald Trump is completely against the appointment of a special counsel.

Trump followed up with another tweet denouncing the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence probe examining possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" "I have confidence that both investigations will be conducted with the utmost expertise as the Senate continues work on other key issues, such as health care and the budget, which are the focus of my committees".

But why Rosenstein's briefing needed to happen in a room designed for classified briefings is still unclear. The Democrats like him; the Republicans like him. Rosenstein had castigated Comey over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. "That included ... CIA, FBI, Mueller, and it included also the deputy attorney general at the time, James Comey". The White House tried to pass it off as being about a memo from Rosenstein.

In tapping Mr. Mueller as special counsel to look into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has certainly doused the political flames.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

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