Justice official says he stands by critical memo on Comey

Justice official says he stands by critical memo on Comey

But several changed their mind after The New York Times reported that the President asked Mr Comey to drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to a memo reportedly written by Mr Comey.

Even as he erupted anew, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe - a concession by the Trump administration to Democrats, who had intensified their calls for a special counsel after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by the memo he wrote bluntly criticizing FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein, who was appointed USA attorney by President George W. Bush and held the job for the entire Obama administration, didn't immediately embrace the idea of a special counsel while facing persistent questions from Democratic senators at his confirmation hearing.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly".

"And we have very important things to be doing right now - whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear".

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When asked about the quotes, Wenger said: 'Well, I do not give too much importance to what Tony Adams says. Wenger admitted that he's quite unsure if Sunday will happen to be his last play.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can only speak for myself - and the Russians".

Asked point-blank whether he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous". "We didn't really get good answers on that". That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller, in a statement tweeted by CBS News said: "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability".

While President Donald Trump has called the probe "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" He also mentioned how the Clinton and Obama administration had committed illegal acts but no "special counsel was appointed".

The White House released a statement from Trump after the appointment was made, which said the probe would find there was no collusion between his campaign and a foreign entity.

The Wednesday decision to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller, an apolitical outsider, to oversee the case seemed meant to restore public faith in an independent Justice Department following a series of headache-inducing headlines.

Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

Russian Federation has denied United States intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

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The U.S. also has pressed unsuccessfully for the release of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, and other detained U.S. citizens. Now, instead of siding with your ally - which has 800,000 soldiers - you are opting to side with a terrorist organization".

In prepared remarks distributed after his closed-door appearance, Rosenstein described his discussions with Sessions.

A third senator, Republican Bill Cassidy, said Rosenstein "indicated what Donald Trump has indicated, that Mr. Trump was leaning in that direction" before Rosenstein presented his memo.

"I don't know where this will go".

Mueller's appointment was not expected to affect the FBI or congressional investigations.

The House intelligence committee announced that it had asked for documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

His argument: Congressional interviews and hearings could inadvertently harm or complicate the criminal investigation.

"I'm not sure the media coverage is fair at this point because everyone obsesses about the latest rumor, and they seem to be running through a theme, and everything that feeds that theme they run with it whether it's an anonymous source or whether anyone else has background information on it or not, and suddenly one person writes a story and everyone else covers the story that someone else wrote, and it's dominating the news cycle", said Lankford.

The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected dismissal of Comey.

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