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Trump says, speaking for himself, there was no collusion with Russian Federation

19 May 2017

Across town, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers. 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".

"I am pleased the Deputy Attorney General appointed a special counsel, something I have been calling for since December", said Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-parts of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan) in a statement. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts".

Mr Comey was abruptly fired last week, in a move that shocked Washington.

Mueller's designation falls outside the normal Department of Justice chain of command, giving him "an extra layer of impartiality" from the White House, Cohen says.

Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". The FBI's counterterror mission was elevated in those years, as the US intelligence agencies adjusted to better position America to prevent another attack of such magnitude.

Comey succeeded him, appointed by Obama. In the memo, Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. He's urged not only his supporters, but also the FBI, to focus more on the leaks about the investigation that have deepened questions about possible Russian Federation connections.

First reactions from Congress were mainly positive.

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But Trump himself has already said that he was going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation by the Justice Department. "Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted".

"He wanted to make it out as media and Democratic warfare", Brinkley said.

In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton was engulfed by an independent counsel investigation that started as a probe into failed land deals but ultimately exposed his affair with a White House intern. Cummings has vigorously urged such an appointment, suggesting it could lead to accusations of obstruction of justice. Sessions did announce in March that he would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"It was a counterintelligence investigation before now". During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", says Trump. "You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". Mueller could also interview Trump, convene a grand jury and bring criminal charges. He offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.

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.

Despite the appointment, at least three congressional committees are continuing their investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House Oversight Committee also hoped to hear from the former director.

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McCabe had other matters on his mind, too. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner. Frank Keating and Richard McFeely, a former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official.

Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved by take-off time.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

His advice to the president: "Stay disciplined, stay focused and deliver on the world stage". "Everyone here knows he needs more firepower on this".

McClatchy says Flynn declined to OK a request from Obama officials to approve a military operation involving the IS stronghold of Raqqa, effectively delaying the operation.

Trump has denied the conversation took place. Turkey has long opposed US forces working with Kurdish forces. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey.

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