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Trump On Prosecutor For Russia Probe: 'It Hurts Our Country'

19 Mai 2017

That's according to three Democratic senators who attended a closed briefing with Rosenstein on Thursday.

"You're overthinking this", Risch said when asked about any precedent.

The White House initially said Comey's firing was made based on the recommendation by Rosenstein.

According to senators who were present at the closed-door meeting, Mr Rosenstein confirmed that he had known that former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey was about to be fired before he wrote a memo setting out the rationale for his dismissal on May 9th.

Mueller is the man Rosenstein tapped Wednesday to head the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into whether anyone on Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives who sought to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters that members of the upper chamber asked around 35 questions, adding he didn't find the meeting "overly informative".

And they wanted the investigations already underway by the Intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate to keep going, a sentiment Republicans shared.

Referencing a "poor, poor performance" that he said Comey had had before a House committee the week before his firing, Trump said at a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: "That is why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very strong letter". "Russia's fine", Trump said.

"I always believed that a counterintelligence investigation would not need a special prosecutor".

President Donald Trump Reaffirms: 'No Collusion'
Comey was known among his closest advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question. Another Democrat, Representative Al Green, yesterday called for Mr Trump's impeachment on the House floor.

In 2013, for instance, the Obama Justice Department secretly obtained two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press, which appeared to be linked to a criminal investigation into leaks about a foiled terrorist plot to bomb an airliner. "I think at this point, we are 24-hours into him shifting the responsibility to Muller, and he is very comfortable allowing Mueller to take the investigation as far, as deep and as wide as necessary to discern all the information to draw a conclusion". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said.

Democrats disagree. Virginia Sen.

"We still have questions and we'll be outlining those in the days ahead", Casey said.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said Rosenstein wasn't prepared to outline other circumstances surrounding the firing of Comey out of his belief that it could come within the territory of Mueller's investigation.

"I just have to leave it at that", Ryan said. At a news conference, Trump said, "I respect the move but the entire thing is a witch hunt". McConnell aides wouldn't say whether Rosenstein requested that the briefing be classified or whether he has told Senate leaders that he has classified information to share.

The Senate investigation seems to have hit a roadblock, however. Sen.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation, Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday. "And there's a reason it's selective", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who once demanded that staffers turn over their cellphones so he could inspect them for unauthorized communication.

In the 1990s, Democrats complained that independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton, overstepped his authority. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr spokeswoman Rebecca Glover said.