Russian Federation has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.
A day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein travelled to Capitol Hill to brief the entire Senate on the status of the investigation and what comes next. Even as he erupted anew, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos.
On Wednesday, an investigation into his campaign's ties with Moscow was significantly strengthened by the appointment of straight-shooting former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead it.
Now we're supposed to believe - again, with no hard evidence, this time from a New York Times report - that, one day after his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned on February 14, President Trump obstructed justice by asking Comey to find a way to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn's ties with the Russians.
"I don't know all the facts", said Democratic Sen. "So I think the biggest legal change seems to be that Mr. Mueller is going to proceed forward with the idea of a criminal investigation, versus the counterintelligence investigation".
Trump said he had "respect" for the move, but added: "I think it divides the country".
But Thursday morning, Trump lashed out on Twitter, calling it the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
"I'm fine with whatever people want to do", he added.
"This is a good thing", Daria told us.
Earlier this week, during the daily press briefing on May 15, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said a special prosecutor wasn't needed to look into the Russian Federation investigation.
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The selection of Mueller, who lead the agency from 2001 to 2013, drew praise from Democrats and Republicans in Washington . Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.
US stocks rose as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market on Thursday, a day after Wall Street saw its worst selloff in eight months on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favouring economic growth. Could this lead down the road to President Trump's impeachment? He also complained that there was never a special counsel for what he called the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama Administration.
Democrats sense that their bid to gain the 24 seats in the House of Representatives and three Senate seats they need to win control of the chambers next year is getting tantalizingly easier.
He was the Federal Bureau of Investigation director who preceded Comey - appointed by President George W. Bush and kept on for several years by President Barack Obama.
His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign.
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints Mueller. One of the attendees, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Rosenstein as anxious and nervous and said he drank multiple glasses of water "and spilled one".
Mueller's investigation is only to see if criminal wrongdoing occurred. This week, news reports alleged that Trump had previously tried to pressure Comey into backing off inquiries into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"The Intelligence Committee in the Senate has to continue its work, and it should continue full throttle ahead", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the briefing.
But Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that the appointment of the special counsel will severely limit the capabilities of the ongoing Congressional investigations.
Trump's own timeline and rationale for firing Comey has repeatedly been amended by his administration.