Trump to Muir: Special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

President Donald Trump fired off a tweet on Thursday criticizing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election, tweeting: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special "councel" appointed!". During Thursday's meeting, it led at least one senator to believe the probe has now turned into a criminal investigation.

"In fact, I think it's welcomed news for the administration as well as Republicans on the Hill, because with the credibility that Director Mueller brings to this position as the special counsel and the integrity he brings to that process, whatever the facts are he's going to get to the facts", the freshman lawmaker said.

The White House initially cited Rosenstein's recommendation to explain Comey's ouster during an ongoing investigation into potential collusion between Trump's associates and Russian Federation.

Then, following weeks of pressure from Democrats and outside commentators, Rosenstein announced Wednesday evening he was appointing Mueller as special counsel heading up the department's probe.

That would make it harder to subpoena records of people who could be subjects of the investigation, he added. Yes, Mueller will be pressured by both Democrats and the Leftmedia to find someone connected to Trump as guilty of a crime.

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. Those developments have driven up the scrutiny of the Department of Justice probe exponentially.

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In the memo, Rosenstein wrote that the FBI director had violated long-standing Justice Department practices in his handling of the bureau's investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Many who had been asking for an independent voice in the matter applauded the move and Trump himself reportedly had a measured reaction at first.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said that Rosenstein told the senators that he knew on Monday, the day before Comey was sacked, that Trump was going to fire him.

Rosenstein's decision to name a special counsel seems to have helped redeem his reputation as a nonpartisan operative. "I think he's an excellent choice", GOP Senator Marco Rubio told reporters after the briefing.

"I think that both the House and the Senate have looked at it. the intelligence community has looked at it, as well", Spicer said. "It is my hope that there will not be conflict between one another". Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. In part, that's because Rosenstein didn't want to step on Mueller's toes, now that the latter is in charge. "He did stress that he was concerned that whatever he said would be made public to the press", Cassidy told reporters with a chuckle, "so therefore he felt limited in what he could say".

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