"[Rosenstein] learned that Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo", Sen.
Repeating his assertion that Comey "was very unpopular with most people", Trump said he was dismissed over inaccurate testimony delivered before Congress as well as his faulty decision making during the presidential campaign.
Rosenstein met with all US senators in one of the most protected rooms on Capitol Hill, "the SCIF", or a sensitive compartmented information facility.
The Republican senator John McCain said that Trump's troubles had reached "Watergate size and scale". "And numerous questions he declined to answer came down to his concern of whether he might interfere with the investigation by Robert Mueller".
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump campaign associates.
Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have praised the appointment of Mueller, who is viewed by many to be just the man for the job.
Rosenstein may have blunted some of the criticism of his actions in the past week with his announcement Wednesday that he had appointed a special counsel.
"I think for months, well into 2018, we are going to see this administration hobbled by this investigation".
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He says from the public's standpoint, not much is going to change. "O$3 ne of the big losers in this decision is the public", Graham said and added that he anxious lawmakers would have trouble getting responses to subpoenas delivered to potential witnesses or convincing them to testify in a public congressional hearing because they'd be more likely to plead the fifth to avoid incriminating themselves. "A criminal investigation might", said Sen. But Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill said Rosenstein "was very careful about not going into any details surrounding [Comey's] removal beause he wants to give Robert Mueller the opportunity to make his independent decision about where the investigation is going".
The winners of such a shift could be congressional Republicans. That's something that, perhaps inadvertently, Graham nodded to. "We can go back to dealing with legislative matters that affect the American people". "That is a train wreck waiting to happen".
The rumored front-runner for the position is former Democratic Sen.
Alexander likewise said the bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence "should also continue its investigation and that should include a public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later". "The scope of the investigation is still the same".
The next major event was the news that Trump had asked Comey during a meeting in the Oval Office to drop the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.
Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Mr Trump's favour.
On Tuesday, Trump repeatedly mispronounced the name of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Erdogan stood beside him.
Mueller, a former federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, was confirmed as FBI director days before the September 11, 2001, attacks that would ultimately shape his tenure.