Several members of Congress said that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter.
Denouncing the creation of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties with Russia, Mr Trump said on Thursday that the move "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country" and is "a very, very negative thing".
His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign. "When I made that decision I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad thing about Director Comey".
He also said he thought that Comey's firing would be bipartisan.
In his statement Wednesday night, Trump said he planned to focus on "fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".
Jones agreed with Banks's take on the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties to the Trump administration. "You have two Senate committees that are looking into this".
Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along".
Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.Читайте также: Global cyberattack alert as experts warn of more havoc
"Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review. Let's let this play out the way it should".
There was no word on what that record might entail, a question many were likely to raise in light of Trump's recent warning to Comey that he had "better hope" there were no tapes of a discussion they'd had.
"I didn't hear anything classified" during the briefing, Graham said. "There are two committees that are now doing that".
Sanders also suggested that a Russian Federation probe is not something "that the American people care about".
"At some point, we get to a place where we've got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about, and I don't think this is it", she said.
Dershowitz makes a three-part case against the special counsel. The memo harshly criticized Comey's handling of an investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails.
The Justice Department's decision to put Mueller in charge of the investigation comes as the White House was already reeling from a series of self-inflicted controversies. "Mueller can request additional resources, make his own calls about where to point the investigation, and in general can operate in some sense more autonomously than an ordinary United States attorney because of the designation 'special counsel.'" Mueller's next step will be to create a budget for the investigation's resources together to be approved by Rosenstein in 60 days.
In August, Trump said to an enthusiastic crowd that a special prosecutor must take over the investigation into his Democratic rival's emails. Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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