Senators Say Still Many Questions To Be Answered After Rosenstein Briefing

Candice Alexander
May 19, 2017

It later emerged that Comey made note of Trump's request in a memo that was saved.

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. But he left lawmakers with the understanding that the probe underway by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, will be wide-reaching and attempt to restore Americans' confidence in the political system.

Though many believe the special counsel will conduct a proper probe, some say there's still a need for more outside review. In a statement, he said: "A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". In addition to complaining he was being abused in unprecedented ways, he took aim at his former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, saying she never faced a special counsel despite "all the illegal acts that took place" in her campaign. At the time, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigations, was busy interviewing candidates to replace ousted FBI director James Comey.

His argument: Congressional interviews and hearings could inadvertently harm or complicate the criminal investigation. "I certainly hope there wasn't any but if there is there are going to be very serious consequences", Dent told CNN.

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Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. He tweeted: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Earlier in the day, Graham told reporters that committees would now see their access to witnesses and documents restricted, because potential witnesses involved in the FBI investigation could refuse to testify or provide information to avoid incriminating themselves. "I am on a fact-finding mission", he said on CNN. Claire McCaskill and Dick Durbin. "This won't be a witch hunt", he said on CNN.

"Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader", Rosenstein said in prepared remarks for appearances before House and Senate lawmakers that were released Friday by the Justice Department.

Referencing a "poor, poor performance" that he said Comey had had before a House committee the week before his firing, Trump said at a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: "That is why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very strong letter".

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