Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Explaining the mechanics of the Trump-Russia special counsel

Explaining the mechanics of the Trump-Russia special counsel

By several senators' accounts, he contradicted Trump's statements that Rosenstein's written criticism of FBI Director James Comey had been a factor in Comey's recent firing by the president.

The former FBI director named to oversee the Justice Department's investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation works at a law firm that represents the president's daughter and two other key campaign figures who have been implicated in the probe.

The appointment was a concession by the Trump administration, which had resisted calls from Democrats to turn the investigation over to outside counsel.

As an independent prosecutor, Mueller will have very wide authority with respect to Russian involvement in the campaign and obstruction of justice.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump's team colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in the president's favor.

The decision to move to an independent probe came a week after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, sparking a political firestorm as the agency was in the midst of an investigation into the Russian Federation matter.

In another tweet Thursday morning, he claims, "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!".

That memo, which criticized Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, was later used by Trump as grounds to fire Comey.

House investigators said they were plowing full speed ahead with their own inquiry - one source noted that the appointment of a special counsel didn't matter much because Comey had not been providing House investigators much access to begin with.

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Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along".

Trump has consistently rejected any suggestion of collusion between his camp and Moscow as "fake news" and complained in a speech Wednesday that he had been treated "more unfairly" than any U.S. leader in history during his fledgling presidency. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Rosenstein was generally careful in his meeting with senators but for the revelation, which contradicts the White House's original explanation for the firing.

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Putin offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.

Mueller, a former federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, was confirmed as FBI director days before the September 11, 2001, attacks that would ultimately shape his tenure.

In the job, Mueller will have all the same powers as a USA attorney, though he will still ultimately report to Rosenstein. The others were former Connecticut Sen.

"I would be very discouraged if somehow this new special prosecutor would preclude Jim Comey from testifying in public before our committee", he said.

Democrats and Republicans both looked relieved - one House Democrat even said he had the best sleep Wednesday night after months of waking up in the middle of the night over concerns about Russia's influence.

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