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

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


She added that Rosenstein declined to provide details about Comey's dismissal because she said Rosenstein is anxious to give wide latitude to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who Rosenstein appointed as special counsel Wednesday to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday told the U.S. Senate that he was aware of President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey before he wrote the president a memo saying he had lost confidence in the director, according to members who attended the briefing.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe. But Rosenstein's own professional standing could start to recover as well.

That revelation came after almost the entire complement of the U.S. Senate attended a briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a secure auditorium beneath the Capitol.

While Trump questioned the legitimacy of the investigation, it has thrown the administration off track and consumed its political capital.

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"Kudos for him for recognizing that appearances are equally important as a fair and just process and investigation", Silverman added.

The White House Counsel's office represents the presidency, but aides are making the case to Trump that he needs an outside legal team for this probe.

"A special counsel is very much needed in this situation and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has done the right thing", Schumer said in a statement. That explanation was contradicted by the president himself, who told NBC News last week that he chose to fire Comey "regardless" of the memo.

In a written statement, Mr Trump insisted again that there were no nefarious ties between his presidential election campaign and Russian Federation.

"He did acknowledge that he knew Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo", Sen. It was an unusual spot for the veteran prosecutor, who cultivated a reputation as an apolitical law enforcement official.

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Early in the day, a seething Trump took to Twitter to blast the appointment, which shook Washington and sent world stock markets tumbling. "There is nothing in that oath about my reputation". Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director for 12 years until Comey succeeded him in 2013.

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel will raise the intensity of the investigation and make it less vulnerable to political interference.

Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Comey, another move to settle the waters.

Meanwhile, Trump has told graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy that no other politician has been treated more unfairly by the media.

"It is hard to see a friend of yours being in the middle of that", said Jan Paul Miller, a St. Louis attorney who worked with Rosenstein when both were assistant US attorneys in Maryland. "You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

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