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20 May 2017, 04:40 | Erica Roy
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But Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said Rosenstein told the senators that he knew Trump was going to fire Comey even before he, Rosenstein, wrote the memo that Trump used as justification for the dismissal.
Mueller takes the reins after FBI Director James Comey was sacked by Trump last week as he investigated potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.
Rosenstein was briefing senators at a closed-door meeting at the Capitol in the aftermath of Comey's firing and his own appointment of a special prosecutor to probe Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible connection to that interference.
Perhaps the most eagerly awaited witness is Comey, who reportedly wrote memos alleging the president pressured him to halt a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said he also believes Rosenstein's memo had little to do with the president's decision.
US President Donald Trump has denied ever asking FBI Director James Comey to back off his agency's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and the role played by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump said at a news conference Thursday that he had thought the firing would be a popular action, and that his decision was at least party based on Comey's "poor performance" in testifying before Congress a few weeks earlier.
"America cannot solve all of the world's problems, but we can - and we must - help any nation willing to join in the common cause of eradicating terrorism from the face of the earth", he said. And Repubican Senator Bill Cassidy said Rosenstein stressed that the existence of the investigation itself does not mean that somebody definitively committed a crime. "It's special. The FBI has not had that special reputation with what happened in the campaign, what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign, and directly and indirectly to the more successful Trump campaign". He said an announcement could come "soon" and that former Sen.
In particular, Mr Trump referenced Mr Comey's "poor performance" at a Senate committee hearing the previous week, noting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been forced to adjust the record.
While Mueller begins his investigation, Congress has its own ongoing probe into Russian Federation. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".
The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the probe.
"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he was supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.
"I think so", said Harris, a former prosecutor.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "hoax" and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes.
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