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McCaskill among the more vocal Senators on investigation of Trump

Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 12:50

Conversations between Mr Flynn and Mr Kislyak accelerated after the Nov 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the USA national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current USA officials said.

That is likely one of the reasons Rosenstein named a special counsel Wednesday to lead an independent investigation into whether anyone on the Trump campaign cooperated with Russian Federation.

The series of bombshell allegations has left Trump aides dazed and wondering about the future of his young presidency.

But Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, the only Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee who opposed Rosenstein's confirmation last month, said Rosenstein ought to make the same points he made to the senators in a public setting.

The Justice Department's guidelines prohibit conversations between the White House and FBI with regard to active criminal investigations, unless they are "important for the performance of the president's duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective", The Times reported.

"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.

The appointment of Mr. Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001-2013, was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who has authority over the Russian Federation probe due to the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself because of his role in the Trump campaign.

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.

"We've got a job to do, we've got an investigation to run and a report to write", said Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), who is running the House Intelligence Committee's probe.

"We see the common theme that in any presidential scandal, the attempt to either cover it up, hide it, obfuscate, is what drives the narrative", Mahaffee said. "He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill told reporters.

"He could have shared what he told us in a public hearing", the senator said.

The NY Times published a piece Thursday afternoon stating that FBI Director Comey wrote "detailed memos" about all of his interactions with the President and the White House.

Brookings Institute senior fellow Benjamin Wittes, who is a friend of James Comey, has publicly detailed an incident that Comey relayed to him which Wittes finds disturbing. Trump later said he had already made a decision to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing".

On Wednesday, Mr Trump said no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly" than himself.

Around the same time that Trump was preparing for his press conference, Rosenstein reportedly told the full Senate that Trump had already chose to fire Comey before Trump asked him to submit a memo that would amount to reasoning.

And earlier in the day, during a private lunch of television anchors at the White House, Trump said he believes the decision to appoint a special counsel "hurts our country terribly" and called it "a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election". It cited two people briefed on the call. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions.