Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Probe will prove no conspiracy with Russia: Donald Trump


"In the interim, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to continue the investigation into any links between Russian Federation and individuals associated with the Trump campaign, and any matters that arose from such investigation-an assignment that encompasses investigating the recent allegations surrounding Michael Flynn and James Comey".

"So, you know obviously we've gotten a number of investigations going on in the House and Senate and that works to continue - I think we've seen a lot of oversight from Congress and that will move forward too", he told reporters. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".

"The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including its alleged ties to Trump" s presidential campaign.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. "There (is) mutual suspicion of one side and the other".

Kansas Republican Rep. Roger Marshall said he hasn't lost confidence in the president but thinks the independent counsel will ease some concerns. Demands intensified from Democrats on Capitol Hill for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel or prosecutor to oversee the case.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.

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 sacking FBI chief James Comey. A senior administration official described Trump's reaction to Mueller's appointment as "measured". "We were told about it".

"There's, frankly, no need for a special prosecutor".

Trump removed Comey in the midst of an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Chaffetz, Cummings praise Mueller choice
Putin even suggested that Russian Federation share the records of last week's talks between Trump and Lavrov with the U.S. And he directed a House oversight inquiry into Clinton's email practices and use of a private computer server.

Trump said that "adversity makes you stronger", adding that things are not always fair, but "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight".

His mandate extends beyond any specific Trump-Russia connection to cover "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

The two former Federal Bureau of Investigation chiefs have a unique relationship, stemming in large part from working side by side during a major confrontation with the Bush administration.

Comey made it there first, but as Mueller rushed to the hospital he called Ashcroft's security detail and ordered them to prevent the top Bush officials from kicking Comey out of the room.

A similar appointment came in 2003 when the Bush Justice Department turned to Patrick Fitzgerald, then the top federal prosecutor in Chicago, to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Rosenstein said while the Department of Justice conducts thousands of criminal investigations without regard for partisanship each year, a special counsel is necessary for the Russian Federation probe.

"What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, 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", Rosenstein said in a statement.

Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm to avoid any conflicts of interests.

Senators plan to question Rosenstein about Comey's firing when the deputy attorney general testifies Thursday in a closed hearing.

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