Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

In House Briefing, Rod Rosenstein Is Mum on Comey Firing Memo

In House Briefing, Rod Rosenstein Is Mum on Comey Firing Memo

We urge him to nominate someone with a profile similar to Mueller's, an experienced hand in law enforcement who comes from outside the world of politics and is respected by both parties.Once that's done, it might be possible to focus on some other issues for a while.We applaud Rosenstein for making a decision that could not have been easy, considering that he was appointed by Trump.

President Donald Trump yesterday said the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between his presidential campaign on Russian Federation was dividing the country, and he repeated his contention there was no such collusion.

That revelation came after almost the entire complement of the U.S. Senate attended a briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a secure auditorium beneath the Capitol.

"He would not answer that question", Sen.

Mueller will have all the authority of a typical US attorney to convene grand juries, issue subpoenas, file criminal charges and pursue those charges to trial, if he deems it appropriate.

Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions.

Mueller has been assigned to probe Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been pursuing, with Justice Department approval.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said, "It's now considered a criminal investigation and Congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited - probably in an appropriate way".

Trump Denies Asking Ex-FBI Director Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry
Trump would not spot him and call him out. "I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things". Wittes that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr.

During the press conference, Mr. Trump responded with a direct "no, no" to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelf an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. If Mueller wants more clarity on whether a matter is in his purview he could come back to Rosenstein and ask. If he decides that something outside the scope of the letter appointing him needs investigating, he would have to ask for permission to expand his probe. The show's hosts said that during those investigations, there were no calls for impeachment or special counsels. He'll supervise Mueller, although the rules state: "The Special Counsel shall not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department". The president could then seek out someone who would dismiss the special prosecutor.

This is the scenario that played out during Watergate in 1973 in the so-called Saturday Night Massacre. His intemperate comments only make the situation worse for him.Someone should tell the president that Mueller's appointment could be a blessing for his administration.

The Justice Department on Friday distributed prepared remarks that Rosenstein delivered to Congress in separate briefings.

Q. What are a special counsel's powers? He'll have access to the same FBI investigators already working on the probe, but can seek more resources if he wants them.

There's no fixed duration for the investigation. While working for Mueller, the staff will report to no one else. Ryan said of the special counsel appointment of Robert Mueller was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".

Yes, but it may not be made public. Whatever the reason, Rosenstein would have to inform Mueller in writing.

The rules also say the Justice Department must report to Congress on the grounds for closing the investigation.

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