Comey prepped answers ahead of Trump talks

20 Mai, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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The move followed a week in which the White House was thrown into an uproar following Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

President Donald Trump continued to criticize a decision by the Justice Department to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the agency's investigation into Russian Federation on Thursday, saying "it hurts this country terribly".

Trump, who said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly", has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory. "We need the facts", Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said in reaction to the explosive reports of Trump's request to the now-sacked James Comey, coming on the heels of claims he shared USA secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office.

"The appointment of former FBI director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence", Senator Richard Burr said and Mark Warner, chairman and ranking member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said. "I have made no such determination", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement announcing the special counsel.

"I think this shows a very divided country", Trump said at the luncheon. "I think the president deserves a chance".

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Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said he was confident Mueller "will conduct a thorough and fair investigation". He was replaced by Comey in 2013.

In a pair of Thursday morning tweets, Trump asked why no special counsel was appointed for what he called "all of the illegal acts" of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration. "While this is an important step forward, we still need a bipartisan, independent commission to carry out a public investigation into Russia's interference in our election".

"But Trump insisted on it", said historian Ledeen, co-author of Flynn's 2016 book The Field of Fight, their manifesto for defeating Islamic militancy.

Meanwhile Trump's search for a successor to Comey gathered pace: he was meeting on Wednesday with four candidates including Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic vice presidential nominee who later became an independent. But acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week that Comey "enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does today".

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