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Sen. Graham: Trump-Russia probe seems to be criminal investigation

Sen. Graham: Trump-Russia probe seems to be criminal investigation

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he said, without providing evidence for those claims.

"No. No. Next question", Trump told a news conference in the White House, when asked if he "in any way, shape or form" ever urged Comey to end the probe. "I know of no one who doesn't have the highest regard for Robert Mueller", McCain told MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

His reaction differed from Wednesday when he was quoted in a White House statement as saying: "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

President Donald Trump says the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election "hurts our country terribly".

The comments were the president's first public statements since the New York Times' bombshell report alleging that Trump had asked Comey to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. "And I think it's important that the Judiciary Committee be given any emails that were directed to the Department of Justice by Clinton campaign officials or operatives because we have jurisdiction over the Department of Justice".

Mueller's appointment has been highly praised by both congressional Democrats, including Blumenthal, and Republicans.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen.

By Wednesday, leaders from the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees had sent requests to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for all records pertaining to Comey's conversations with Trump.

When asked if he considered the probe, now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, a "witch hunt", Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) had a simple answer. Mr Comey is said to have declined, and only offered his "honesty".

Rosenstein's 2:30 p.m. briefing with the Senate was scheduled before he announced late Wednesday that he was appointing Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as FBI director from 2001 to 2013, to take over the Russian Federation investigation as special counsel. Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Trump's alleged pressure on Comey - denied by the White House - has exposed the President to accusations of obstructing justice.

Another partner, Reginald Brown, is representing Paul Manafort.

A special counsel is empowered to conduct the investigation independent of the Justice Department hierarchy, with a dedicated staff of his choosing.

Mueller will have the same powers of a USA attorney (Mueller himself served as US attorney for the Northern District of California from 1998-2001). Still, he is not subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department. He will request a budget that includes personnel.

She addressed reporters after a closed-door meeting where Rosenstein briefed senators.

BENNETT: Now, the he that she refers to is the deputy attorney general.

A similar appointment came in 2003 when the Bush Justice Department turned to Patrick Fitzgerald, then the top federal prosecutor in Chicago, to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Mr Comey succeeded him, having been appointed by Mr Obama. At that time, they called it an independent counsel.


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