Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Trump embarks on trip without naming Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Christy Curtis | 23 May, 2017, 12:29

Now it turns out that, before Sessions became attorney general, he and Rosenstein had already decided the man leading the investigation within the FBI needed to be fired.

Gen Flynn was forced to resign his post in February after claims he misled the White House about his contact with Russian Federation.

"If the USA administration considers it possible, we are ready to deliver the record of Lavrov and Trump's meeting to the Senate and the Congress of the USA", he said.

"I think it's totally ridiculous".

"This new report that President Trump openly admitted to the Russians that he "faced great pressure" from the FBI's criminal investigation that was "taken off" when he fired Director Comey is astonishing - and extremely troubling", Cummings said in a statement.

His latest tweets came hours before he was to hold a joint press conference with the visiting Colombian president.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!" Trump wrote on Thursday morning.

"We lost so many jobs and so many companies", Trump said.

Senators said that Rosenstein made clear that he has ceded all authority over the investigation over to Mueller.

Mueller will have broad powers in his new role and the latitude to investigate anything related to the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and potential collusion with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

Mr Trump, a Republican, has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory, and has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

"Believe me, there's no collusion", the president continued.

Later, Santos did not bite when asked about the proposed border wall, saying more diplomatically that the U.S., Colombia and other countries must work together to tamp down production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs.

"I think it divides the country", he said.

"It explicitly usurped the role of the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and the entire Department of Justice", Rosenstein said of that public announcement.

"Congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited, probably in an inappropriate fashion", said Graham, CNN reported.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The White House initially said last week that a letter Rosenstein wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, was what prompted Trump to fire Comey.

But it lead to criticism from Mr Trump's political rivals, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said earlier this week: "If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy". It cited two people briefed on the call.

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill told reporters, according to Fox News.

The experience left some lawmakers, Democrats in particular, with less confidence in the Justice Department's oversight of Mueller's investigation.

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