President Trump denied all the allegations with him connecting to Russian hackers and others during the infamous election which saw him winning in a thin margin.
Trump said at a news conference Thursday that he had thought the firing would be a popular action, and that his decision was at least party based on Comey's "poor performance" in testifying before Congress a few weeks earlier.
At last! An independent counsel has come along to deal with the "Russia thing", as President Donald Trump characterized his imbroglio with Moscow.
President Donald Trump, followed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrives for their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May, 18, 2017. The Trump-Russia probe has been a hot topic practically since the presidential campaigns were still running.
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Bernazzani said Mueller transformed the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a top intelligence agency after 9/11, and he said his reputation is unquestioned.
In former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the DOJ appears to have chosen for special Russian Federation counsel a respected figure of integrity, possessed of impeccable credentials, who inspires confidence this investigation will be conducted in thorough, professional and impartial fashion. "I think at this point, we are 24-hours into him shifting the responsibility to Muller, and he is very comfortable allowing Mueller to take the investigation as far, as deep and as wide as necessary to discern all the information to draw a conclusion". "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad things about Director Comey". Reports that Comey had written memos of his conversations with the president, including assertions that Trump has sought to tamp down the FBI's investigation emerged this week.
When asked about whether he pushed Comey, the man he fired earlier in the month, to end the Russian Federation investigation, Trump was firm and quick to reply: "No, no". I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things. He first questioned why no special prosecutor was appointed to investigate "the illegal acts" that took place during the Clinton campaign and Obama administrations. Trump tweeted. "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" By afternoon, however, Graham uttered an interesting shift in thinking to the press, as evidenced at the end of the above CNN clip: "It seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation".
But Graham said that Mueller's appointment now shifts the FBI probe into a higher gear, and is likely to hamper the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations into Russian electoral interference. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr spokeswoman Rebecca Glover said.
Graham said now that a special counsel is overseeing the investigation, it might be harder to subpoena documents and get people like Comey to testify. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.