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The role of a special counsel in Washington D.C.

The role of a special counsel in Washington D.C.

"I think this was a great move and he (Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) picked the right guy", he told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes on Thursday.

The Mueller pick was announced Wednesday. But Rosenstein's own professional standing could start to recover as well.

The president's tweets and comments to the TV anchors drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mueller, a longtime respected lawman who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, preceding Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". That appointment was made by Comey, then the deputy attorney general.

On Thursday, Rosenstein told senators in a closed-door briefing that he had been informed of Trump's decision to fire Comey before he wrote his memo providing a rationale for that act, said Sen.

Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin echoed McCaskill, saying Rosenstein told lawmakers that he knew of Trump's intent the day before he wrote a document that the White House initially said was the main reason Comey was dismissed. It was an unusual spot for the veteran prosecutor, who cultivated a reputation as an apolitical law enforcement official.

Trump has cited James Clapper, the director of national intelligence until Trump took office January 20, among others, as being "convinced" there was no collusion. "There is nothing in that oath about my reputation".

Swecker served as Assistant Director of the FBI Criminal Investigations Division under Mueller.

The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Asked if he had done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Mr Trump said "no" and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous". It carries potentially high stakes given the Russia investigation and Trump's reported sharing of highly classified intelligence with the Russians, especially considering the source of that information. "That is politics", said Sen.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also spoke to the press following Rosenstein's testimony but did not say much on Rosenstein's testimony. "You've got the talking heads pontificating about someone I know well, when they don't know him at all and they don't have all the facts". "So that agenda is now being sidelined and they're stuck with him". "That's hard to watch". He also complained that there was never a special counsel for what he called the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama Administration.

Rosenstein's appearance in the Senate was originally meant to allow him to explain why Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey last week, but the focus changed when Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel Wednesday night.

"To ensure the American people have full confidence in this investigation, it must be conducted in an open and transparent manner and be given the full resources it needed", Sanders said in a statement. He has served presidents of both political parties and, after taking the director job days before the September 11 attacks, oversaw the FBI's terrorism-fighting efforts over the next decade. "It's special", Trump said.

Unlike his unusually candid predecessor Comey, Mueller is a notoriously tight-lipped investigator. A key issue Mr Mueller may have to tackle is whether Mr Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Details may come out in court in the event of an indictment, but that may be less likely if the probe closes without criminal charges.

He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation".


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