DOJ appoints special prosecutor to take over Russian Federation investigation

Danny Woods
May 20, 2017

"But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House and that means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information".

Republican Senator John McCain, who has called for the creation of a special bipartisan congressional panel to investigate the Russian Federation matter, compared the controversies enveloping Trump to the Watergate scandal that forced Republican President Richard Nixon to resign in 1974.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. takes questions from reporters at the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Mr Trump fired Mr Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Mr Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Mr Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Democrats pointed out that Ryan had called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after Comey concluded previous year that she was careless in how she handled classified information over her email accounts.

Russian Federation continued trolling the United States Thursday about President Trump's slip of classified information, with the Kremlin's foreign minister essentially branding American media outlets reporting on it as fake news. Yet US allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

In that same hearing, before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey spoke at length about his disdain for leaks.

The White House denied the report, saying it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

That conflicts with White House press secretary Sean Spicer's explanation in the immediate aftermath of Comey's firing that it "was all" Rosenstein's idea. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as us politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

"I think this shows a very divided country", Trump said at the luncheon.

When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". Adversity makes you stronger. Don't give in, don't back down.

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'No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly, ' he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The Senate Judiciary Committee demanded Wednesday that the FBI and the White House turn over evidence relating to former FBI Director James Comey's interactions with President Trump after reports of a memo that Comey was said have written detailing a request from Trump to wind down the Russian Federation investigation.

The Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"If that actually happened and Comey didn't report it to the House, he should've been fired right then", Alabama Rep.

"We need the facts".

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale".

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. When New York Times reporter Judith Miller refused to name her confidential source, she spent nearly three months in jail for contempt of court.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said Rosenstein wasn't prepared to outline other circumstances surrounding the firing of Comey out of his belief that it could come within the territory of Mueller's investigation. Flynn was sacked after 24 days on the job, when it was reported he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of discussions he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

"I've spent most of my career trying to figure out unauthorized disclosures and where they came from", Comey said in congressional testimony March 20.

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