Asked whether he pressured the FBI to close its investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - as was reported earlier this week - President Donald Trump flatly said he had not.
Rosenstein already made known how he feels about investigators discussing closed cases, in his memo blasting Comey for publicly discussing the closed Clinton email investigation even when it did not yield charges.
The next day Rosenstein issued the memo to Trump, and Comey was swiftly dismissed.
President Donald Trump on Thursday assailed the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, calling it "the single greatest witch hunt" in us history and a move that "hurts our country terribly".
It is breathtaking that we have reached this point just four months into a new administration, but the near daily revelations of shocking developments - whether from information leaked to reporters or straight from the president's Twitter feed - have crippled Mr. Trump's presidency. But if Mueller's name sounds familiar, there's a reason; he's one of the most respected people in law enforcement, has stood up to Presidents, and completely changed the face of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
She said the counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, would still be subject to supervision by Trump's Justice Department.
The appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russian Federation investigation was widely praised by Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans. Trump wrote on Thursday morning. Trump wrote, misspelling the word counsel as he referred to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" he proclaimed in a tweet posted shortly before 8 a.m.
USA intelligence agencies believe Moscow tried to tip the election in favour of Mr Trump. He was sacked as national security adviser in February after it emerged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with Russia's ambassador to Washington in December.
USA stocks rallied back on Thursday after seeing their biggest drop in eight months the previous day on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.
GOP'er Calls Out Party: Hillary Would Be Impeached If She Leaked Info
After giving a recap of the latest developments, such as Israel being the source of the info and National Security Advisor H.R. As commander in chief, Trump gets the final say on how sensitive information gets disseminated, no matter how classified.
Separately, The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House.
The White House also released a statement, which read: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".
Rosenstein briefed senators Thursday afternoon in a classified, closed-door meeting. They didn't identify the lawmaker who made the remark but said Rosenstein gave a neutral response.
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".
A self-described friend of Comey's wrote in a public blog post on Thursday that Comey had told him that he had rebuffed a Trump request for loyalty by promising only honesty.
"I welcome his role at the Department of Justice", Ryan added.
Rosenstein learned about Trump's plan on May 8, Durbin said.
Rosenstein was originally invited by the two Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY, to explain Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. If Mr. Trump uses the special counsel investigation as an opportunity to purge the destructive and chaotic influences in the West Wing, it could represent a chance for his administration to right itself. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation ties.
Asked if he thought he had committed a crime or impeachable offense, the president said "it's totally ridiculous, everyone thinks so".
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