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

Team Trump knew Flynn was being investigated and Trump still hired him

Team Trump knew Flynn was being investigated and Trump still hired him

Two days later, Flynn's lawyer and transition lawyers discussed the investigation of Flynn.

"In my capacity as acting attorney general I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter", Rosenstein said in a statement.

The associates recounted how anxious Comey was about meeting with Trump and recalled conversations in which they brainstormed how to handle moments when the president asked for details of an investigation.

Trump also doubled down on his claim that investigations into his team's possible collusion with Russian Federation were a "witch hunt", while walking back some earlier criticism of Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the FBI's investigation.

Republican lawmakers began yesterday with rising concerns about the latest revelations that a memo by Mr Comey indicates that Mr Trump pressured him and that Mr Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office last month.

For all the fallout from the damning news surrounding President Trump this past week, Republicans calling for more investigations was not one of them. "I think it's a very hard challenge and I hope he's going to talk to a lot of smart people".

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After the Justice Department tapped Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia, Sen. "Nothing will change by virtue of Director Comey's termination".

His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own undisclosed contacts with Moscow's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

"If it exists, we should be able to see it, authenticate it", he said.

With those words from Peter Baker of The New York Times, the East Room of the White House grew quiet, but for the shutter clicks of the cameras.

The New York Times delivered a bombshell report - also confirmed by NBC News - on Tuesday evening that revealed that former FBI director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump asked him to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Hannity tweeted on Wednesday that five groups were trying to destroy Trump: the media, Democrats, deep state/intelligence operatives, establishment Republicans and "never Trumpers".

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