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Rosenstein Briefing to Senate Suggests Russia Probe Now Criminal, Republican Senator Says

19 May 2017

Until Wednesday, Rosenstein was the most senior Department of Justice official overseeing the investigation, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an active Trump supporter during the 2016 election, recused himself on all matters relating to Russian Federation and the campaign.

By May 10, White House officials had backed off blaming Rosenstein for the firing and the next day, Trump contradicted his own officials and told NBC News that the decision to fire Comey was his alone and that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing with Trump" when he made it.

Asked if he thinks the administration will comply with investigators, Jones said he remembers "vividly [that] if an administration does not try to be helpful with an investigation by special prosecutors, it can lead to trouble".

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Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters after the briefing that Rosenstein had "acknowledged that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo". "I actually thought when I made that decision, and I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein". For example, "I find it hard to subpoena records of somebody like [former National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn, who may be subject to a criminal investigation because he has a right not to incriminate himself", Graham explained. I'm fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well.

One day earlier, Sanders told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week", "I don't think we're there yet" for potentially appointing a special prosecutor.

"Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review". "That is what we have been doing here in the House. Let's let this play out the way it should". "There are two committees that are now doing that".

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Trump will hold a joint news conference this afternoon with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the White House's East Room, where aides are preparing for a series of questions about the investigation into his administration and his firing of FBI Director James Comey. "I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things".

At a joint White House news conference with the President of Colombia, the President also had especially tough words for former Director James Comey, whom he fired just over a week ago, saying Comey was not the right person to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Remember the incidental prosecution of Scooter Libby?) The investigation will likely turn up little to no evidence supporting the collusion conspiracy, but if Mueller doesn't nail somebody for something, leftists will then demand his head.

To emphasize the independence of his decision, Rosenstein did not notify White House counsel Donald McGahn of the appointment until 5:30 p.m., the same time Justice Department officials were briefing reporters and 30 minutes before the news became public.

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"We look forward to getting this whole situation behind us", the President said. Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.