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

Rosenstein knew before he wrote memo that Comey would be fired


He argued the special counsel's power to prosecute individuals would add helpful authority to the effort. The Mueller appointment, at least, gives the Trump White House a chance to compartmentalize the scandals.

Rosenstein knew at the time that he was concocting an official rationalization for the president to do what he was going to do anyway.

Lawmakers from both parties said they left the briefing on Capitol Hill with confidence in Rosenstein's decision, but also questions about what Mueller's probe would mean for separate investigations taking place in Congress. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

How important was the arrival of Rosenstein to the bid to fire Comey?

The president's tweets and comments to the TV anchors drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mueller, a longtime respected lawman who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, preceding Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI's counterterror mission was elevated in those years, as the US intelligence agencies adjusted to better position America to prevent another attack of such magnitude.

"And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team". "Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor.

President Donald Trump later acknowledged that he had already thought about dismissing Comey and had been perturbed by "this Russian Federation thing", fueling criticism that Rosenstein's memo merely served as a pretext so the president could fire Comey amid an aggressive investigation into his campaign.

First reactions from Congress were mainly positive.

"He's going to conduct a fair and thorough investigation, of that I have no doubt". The next day, Trump invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the White House for a meeting. "Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted". "I don't know all the facts", said Democratic Sen. "I hope that we don't inadvertently trip up or damage the independent investigation of the special counsel", he said.

Neither, for that matter, did President Trump's firing of Comey, which the president linked to his frustration with the amount of time devoted to that investigation, to the exclusion of an investigation into illegal leaks of classified information.

"It was a counterintelligence investigation before now". During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced. "I said, 'There's no place I'd rather be'".

You can't get more bipartisan or trustworthy than this man. "And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face".

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Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin called the appointment "long overdue".

"No. No. Next question", Trump told a news conference in the White House, when asked if he "in any way, shape or form" ever urged Comey to end the probe.

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics.

Trump has the option to fire the special counsel.

Moreover, Comey testified under oath on May 3, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on FBI oversight, that he had not experienced political interference with the FBI's ongoing investigation activities.

McCabe had other matters on his mind, too. The others were former Connecticut Sen.

Trump's job now is to let Mueller do his - and get back to making America great again.

President Donald Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties with Russian Federation today, repeatedly calling it an unprecedented "witch hunt" that "hurts our country terribly".

His advice to the president: "Stay disciplined, stay focused and deliver on the world stage".

They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on Islamic State with Russia's foreign minister. "Everyone here knows he needs more firepower on this".

McClatchy says Flynn declined to OK a request from Obama officials to approve a military operation involving the IS stronghold of Raqqa, effectively delaying the operation.

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