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

What's next in the Russian Federation investigation? The week's biggest bombshells


Several White House advisers and personal associates of President Donald Trump have urged him to hire an experienced outside lawyer to help him deal with issues arising from a surging controversy over whether his campaign had ties to Russian Federation, according to several people briefed on the conversations.

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether the latter's election campaign had links with Russian Federation during the United States presidential polls past year.

Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

Trump blasted that decision, echoing his Thursday morning tweets and comments he made over lunch with network news anchors that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt" that "divides the country".

But Mr Trump said the issue was dividing an already polarised nation.

Besieged by controversy at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is under pressure to stick to the script and avoid fresh flare-ups when he embarks this week on his first foreign trip, a nine-day trek to the Middle East and Europe.

On a day of fast-moving developments, the House intelligence committee announced that it, too, had asked for documents, in this case from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

Turkish foreign minister says wants US envoy McGurk changed
Police said 11 people were injured , including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

Trump also changed his story once again about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, returning again to the White House's original rationale that he based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation. It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax". Now, The Daily Beast is reporting that despite Flynn's current legal quagmire, Trump would like to bring the general back to the White House.

But some are grimly aware that they are likely have to hire lawyers of their own as the special counsel inquiry takes shape - a circumstance that can drain the finances of presidential associates.

But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, prompting some to call for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation. Running on a pledge to tear apart Washington, Trump still depends on Obama administration holdovers and career government employees, many of whom oppose him.

Rosenstein said the Mueller appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

Comey - whom Trump fired May 9 - wrote a memo memorializing a discussion with the president about Flynn and the FBI's investigation, two sources close to the former FBI director who had seen the memo confirmed to NPR. "You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

Like this: