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We're nation of laws: Senator Rubio on Trump's 'witch hunt' claim

We're nation of laws: Senator Rubio on Trump's 'witch hunt' claim

Principal deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to Rosenstein's memo as the reason Trump fired Comey, saying that Comey had committed "atrocities" in overseeing the FBI's investigation of Clinton. "I hope that we don't inadvertently trip up or damage the independent investigation of the special counsel", he said. "A criminal investigation might", said Sen.

Durbin and other Democrats complained, however, that Rosenstein refused to answer many of their questions and did so by citing the seriousness of the investigation. But even without specifics, he said, the briefing was "sobering". Mueller has the ability to take the investigation in nearly any way he sees fit.

Senator Klobuchar said stakes could not be higher. One senator called the meeting "therapeutic".

Mueller was named as special counsel on Wednesday, one day after a report surfaced that Trump had requested ex-FBI Director James Comey end any investigations involving National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

The White House initially said last week that a letter Mr Rosenstein wrote accusing Mr Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, was what prompted Mr Trump to fire Mr Comey.

"He did say that Comey was to be removed from office before he wrote his memo", said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Earlier, Mr Trump had taken to twitter to vent his frustration at the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian Federation. The meeting itself was in a special constructed room beneath the Capitol created to prevent electronic eavesdropping.

Rosenstein isn't done talking about the Comey decision to Congress, as he's scheduled to speak with the House of Representatives in another closed session on Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Now, Mueller will take on another high-profile case. The appointment puts Mueller at the head of the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"One of the losers in this is the public", Graham said.

"Believe me, there's no collusion", Trump said.

Russian Federation has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Mr Trump's favour.

"There should be no concern with that", said Sen. "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations". "We've discussed this before", Spicer said. Rosenstein told lawmakers he didn't want to infringe on newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein named this week to lead the probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. However, US media reported that a top Republican on that panel said it had been advised that Mr Flynn would not honour a subpoena to appear before the committee for questioning. His booting made a ton of politicians super angry and many demanded a special prosecutor.

Though many believe the special counsel will conduct a proper probe, some say there's still a need for more outside review.

"I want to see the Senate Intelligence Committee get to their conclusion, issue a report so we can start addressing the challenges facing this nation", he said.

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