Trump Lashes Out Over Russia Special Counsel

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

But Rosenstein's decision prompted further outrage from Trump. He said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader".

The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.

US President Donald Trump lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election, tweeting Thursday that it is "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" "It feels like everything is up in the air, everything is chaotic, and there's some lack of leadership coming from the White House".

Chemerinsky and Freedman are correct that a new special prosecutor statute that protected the post from politically motivated removal would be much better than what we now have, although the politicization of the courts has made such protection somewhat illusory. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Department's involvement in that decision. The White House has said the firing was unrelated to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo", said Senator Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri.

Rosenstein briefed USA senators on Thursday, but made no public comments.

He was appointed under a rarely used statute that requires him to report the findings of his investigation to Rosenstein in a confidential report. "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination".

"He also told me that Trump was perceptibly uncomfortable with this answer", wrote Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a critic of Trump.

"I wrote it. I believe it". "We still would like to hear from (former FBI Director James) Comey, we still believe that his public appearance in an open session, and if needed, a closed session, is the right next step for him". Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

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"Robert Mueller is a highly respected former FBI director who has tremendous integrity, and I'm confident he will lead a credible investigation", Nunes said in a statement to the Fresno Bee.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment.

"The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians".

Rosenstein learned about Trump's plan on May 8, Durbin said.

His appointment, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was a striking shift for the Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly insistent calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. "It violated deeply engrained rules and traditions, and it guaranteed that some people would accuse the Federal Bureau of Investigation of interfering in the election". Instead, he appointed someone who has proven himself a champion of the unvarnished truth, making it more likely that the probe will get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia connection.

Yet the appointment increasingly seemed the only viable option, particularly following this week's revelation that Comey took notes on a February meeting with Trump in which he said the president had asked him to shut down an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

A number of House members left Friday's briefing frustrated that they hadn't learned more.

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.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", he tweeted on Thursday morning.

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