Graham's Takeaway From Briefing With Deputy AG: Russia Probe Is Now Criminal

He said Rosenstein didn't tell lawmakers who told him to write the memo with the rationale for ousting Comey.

White House communications staff initially said the President chose to fire Mr Comey after receiving recommendations from both Mr Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump undercut that timeline in an interview last week, but in a news conference on Thursday, he said he relied on Rosenstein's recommendation to make his decision.

Durbin said there was frustration among some senators in the briefing because Rosenstein did not want to answer all their questions.

A House Republican aide said Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin invited Rosenstein to brief all House members on the investigation Friday morning.

Mr Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

Trump's early morning tweet storm comes day after his Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the the agency's Russian Federation investigation, a decision the president appeared to accept after it was announced.

The Code of Federal Regulations gives Mueller 60 days from his appointment to develop a budget for the coming fiscal year, which Rosenstein will approve.

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The president earlier on Thursday claimed without evidence that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and political opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, committed "illegal acts" that never resulted in the appointment of a special counsel. "Not completely, but pretty much", Graham said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an autonomous commission outside the umbrella of the Justice Department, such as the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, which was created by Congress to investigate the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel has been welcomed by politicians from both sides.

The leader of one of Congress' four probes, Sen.

The winners of such a shift could be congressional Republicans. "We can go back to dealing with legislative matters that affect the American people". "That is a train wreck waiting to happen".

Democrats disagree. Virginia Sen. He may also release Mueller's findings publicly, given any legal or confidentiality restrictions. "And I think this shows a very divided country". "The scope of the investigation is still the same".

But Trump himself has already said that he was going to fire Comey regardless - and the revelation from McCaskill appeared to bolster that version of events.

"President Trump again is demonstrating his contempt for the rule of law", he said. "He can not take the place of a truly independent, outside commission that is completely free from the Trump administration's meddling". "And the need for former Director Comey to come testify in public soon is as great as ever".

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