Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump says special counsel appointment "hurts our country terribly"

Trump says special counsel appointment

Trump's early morning tweet storm comes day after his Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the the agency's Russian Federation investigation, a decision the president appeared to accept after it was announced.

"The chairman and I have talked about doubling down, that¹s the message we've conveyed to the staff", Warner said.

"It was a counterintelligence investigation before now". But even without specifics, he said, the briefing was "sobering". "He will make sure that this team is buttoned down, and not talking", he said.

Numerous senators leaving the hearing were reluctant to speak about what had been said. Sen.

After Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for the latter's handling of Russia's meddling role in U.S. election and after Comey claimed that Trump had asked him to drop the probe into his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's Russian Federation connection, the Trump Administration and the White House faced a barrage of questions. During Thursday's meeting, it led at least one senator to believe the probe has now turned into a criminal investigation. The meeting itself was in a special constructed room beneath the Capitol created to prevent electronic eavesdropping. McCaskill addressed reporters after a closed-door meeting where Rosenstein briefed senators. Mr Mueller will take over the FBI investigation.

He said Rosenstein's reason was that he didn't want to infringe on special counsel Robert Mueller.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump said no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly" than himself. "Mr. Mueller will tell us what we can get and what we can't".

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Trump will also stop at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels and attend a G7 summit in Italy. After leaving the Middle East, the president will meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in Belgium.

"There should be no concern with that", said Sen.

His argument: Congressional interviews and hearings could inadvertently harm or complicate the criminal investigation.

The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mr Mueller was signed, according to a senior White House official.

"You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted".

Johnson said his biggest concern was that the special counsel's probe would be "never ending". "We can go back to dealing with legislative matters that affect the American people".

Asked about the early morning tweet, Sen.

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