Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Robert Mueller takes Russian Federation case as criminal investigation

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.

Following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, few people have the perspective on the process about to unfold like Peter Zeidenberg.

During the course of Thursday's press conference, Trump said he fired Comey based on the recommendation made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

When asked about whether he pushed Comey, the man he fired earlier in the month, to end the Russian Federation investigation, Trump was firm and quick to reply: "No, no". His booting made a ton of politicians super angry and many demanded a special prosecutor. "You have two Senate committees that are looking into this". The FBI is conducting their own review. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited this memo in a letter to Trump recommending he fire Comey.

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders - along with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch - have been calling for an independent Department of Justice investigation for days, their voices part of a chorus composed mostly of Democratic lawmakers.

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The McCaskill-Durbin claims are significant because White House communications officials had originally said Trump fired Comey on the basis of Rosenstein's memo. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".

On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee - which is continuing its own separate Russian Federation probe - requested more documents from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including any on the President's dismissal of Mr Comey. A few hours after their meeting, the question became a moot point.

In a speech in Baltimore this week, Rosenstein said he didn't spent much time worrying about the controversy. "So he comes to that job from a variety of viewpoints, that of the investigator, that of the prosecutor".

"I also expect the Senate Intelligence Committee to continue its investigation". "Public access to this is probably going to be very limited now. Let's let this play out the way it should".

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Comey's performance at a May 3 congressional hearing also played a role in his dismissal, Trump said. "There are two committees that are now doing that".

Asked if he'd ever done anything that would merit impeachment, Trump said, "I think that's totally ridiculous".

Rosenstein, who was appointed USA attorney by President George W. Bush and held the job for the entire Obama administration, didn't immediately embrace the idea of a special counsel while facing persistent questions from Democratic senators at his confirmation hearing.

In the memo Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the high-profile Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey's decision not to recommend charges in the case.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi said an independent commission to investigate the Russian Federation matter was still needed to guard against White House interference. There has never been anything like it.

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The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Flynn was still offered the job, giving him access to top US intelligence, despite the information.

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