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What the White House has said about special prosecutors

What the White House has said about special prosecutors

In an interview in April with the Washington Examiner, he declared: "The Russia is a faux story".

Rosenstein appointed ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to handle the entire Russian Federation investigation Wednesday and answered questions from senators on the decision to do so and the future of that investigation. Our investigation is a counterintelligence one.

Rosenstein authored a memo criticizing Comey at length for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state. But his reputation has come under fierce attack in the past week over a memo he wrote about James Comey that the White House initially used as a justification for Trump to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

The counsel is not required to consult or keep informed the attorney general or deputy attorney generals on the course of the probe.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "hoax" and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes. "No, next question", he told reporters during the East Room news conference Thursday.

A senior White House official said the president has been presented with options for retaining outside counsel in the case.

Repeating his assertion that Comey "was very unpopular with most people", Trump said he was dismissed over inaccurate testimony delivered before Congress as well as his faulty decision making during the presidential campaign.

"Even though there's a lot of overlap in the work that we do, the functions and powers are also different in many ways", Castro said.

"He would be a hard client to serve", Baron said.

The South Carolina Republican said he wasn't able to ask specifically if it was now a criminal probe "but the takeaway have is everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may a criminal investigation". That's my first rule.

"Some people don't want the story to die, right?" Some believe that could lead to meddling by the Trump administration.

The Republican leader, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russian Federation helped put him in the White House, has been accused of seeking to block the investigation by firing FBI chief James Comey.

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats at the White House, has overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond. Trump did not specify what he meant by illegal acts.

"Nixon was much more circumspect than Donald Trump and, frankly, much more aware of what his own legal exposure was", said Ken Hughes, a scholar at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

Rosenstein acknowledged as much, saying in a statement Wednesday that the "public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command". "They would be seen as evidence".

"Nixon never publicly threatened people with his tapes, because he knew it would backfire on him", said Hughes, whose areas of expertise include secret US presidential recordings. Could this lead down the road to President Trump's impeachment?

Meanwhile, White House aides look hopefully toward the president's upcoming foreign trip, which might help them shift the agenda back to firmer ground. But with almost 30 million Twitter followers at his fingertips, Trump has resisted giving up his ability to battle the news media and investigators through a tool that he believes allows him to cut through the filter of the mainstream media.

"He did stress that he was concerned that whatever he said would be made public to the press", Cassidy told reporters with a chuckle, "so therefore he felt limited in what he could say". He offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.


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