Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'

20 Mai, 2017, 05:49 | Author: Claudine Rigal

In closed-door meetings with lawmakers on Thursday and Friday, Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after Trump told him one day before the May 9 firing that he wanted to dismiss Comey. "I am on a fact-finding mission", he said on CNN.

The Justice Department on Friday issued a transcript of Rosenstein's remarks.

On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made something of a surprise announcement in appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any connections between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, and that had been expected before his departure.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to Groton, Connecticut, May 17, 2017.

The administration offered a subdued statement in response to Mueller's appointment. The same political pressure that forced Rosenstein's hand also forced him to choose someone in whom most people could have confidence, someone who would not keep quiet if Trump or Sessions tried to interfere with him, and against whom credible grounds for dismissal would be almost impossible to find. That question, which has been under investigation by the FBI, is now in the hands of someone who is widely considered to be among the top law enforcement agents in the nation.

"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., an Iraq war veteran and member of the Armed Services Committee.

Chemerinsky and Freedman are correct that a new special prosecutor statute that protected the post from politically motivated removal would be much better than what we now have, although the politicization of the courts has made such protection somewhat illusory. "And I think this shows a very divided country". But when I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president.

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Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a report claiming that Trump had "revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister [Sergey Lavrov] and ambassador in a White House meeting", allegedly related to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Rosenstein briefed US senators on Thursday, but made no public comments.

He said he did not intend for the document to be a finding of misconduct or a "statement of reasons" to justify the firing, but he added: "I wrote it".

"I welcome his role at the Department of Justice", Ryan added. "I don't understand where the secret is". In the memo Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the high-profile Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey's decision not to recommend charges in the case. Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.Mueller's appointment was not expected to affect the FBI or congressional investigations.Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Trump said Thursday at a White House news conference.

Rosenstein learned about Trump's plan on May 8, Durbin said.

The appointment of the special counsel indicates others believe that's still open to question.

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