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FBI's Russian Federation probe implicates top White House official

Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 12:21

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he thought President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was the right call, providing his first public account of his role in the controversial dismissal.

That explanation lasted until the next day, when Donald Trump agreed to give an interview and immediately firebombed his own PR team by admitting that he had chose to fire Comey before ever bringing Rosenstein and AG Jefferson Sessions to the White House.

I stand by it, ' Rosenstein told lawmakers in two closed-door meetings Friday.

President Trump tweeted his objection to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between his associates and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

"The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it", Spicer said, adding that the real story was the leaks of "private and highly classified conversations".

Some lawmakers apparently were frustrated that Rosenstein would not disclose more details about what led to Trump's firing of Comey.

Comey's July 5 press conference, Rosenstein said, "was profoundly wrong and unfair both to the Department of Justice and Secretary Clinton". Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".

Amid growing pressure, Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the Department of Justice's Russian Federation investigation. "I stand by it", Rosenstein said in his two separate briefings on Comey's firing, one to the Senate yesterday and the other to the House today. This appeared to challenge initial White House statements citing that memo as rationale for the firing - though Trump has acknowledged he planned to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation.

The day after that seminar, on October 28, Comey disclosed to Congress that the bureau was continuing its investigation of Clinton's emails in light of new evidence. Allegations also surfaced this week that Trump pressured Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rosenstein had been put in charge of the probe as soon as he was confirmed because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Rosenstein told members of Congress he knew that Trump planned to fire Comey before he wrote his memo.

Asked about the Times report, Spicer said of the former FBI chief, "by grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

Across town, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.

Because of Mueller's wide scope in the Russian probe, Rosenstein referred several of the senators' questions to the new special counsel, frustrating numerous senators who wanted to learn more.

"I hope you can let this go", the United States president was quoted as telling Comey in the report. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey. Richard Burr said, "No, I see it as a very positive thing".