Special counsel a 'witch hunt,' Trump says; Senators briefed on Mueller

Former FBI Director Mueller to Lead Trump-Russia Probe

Former FBI Director Mueller to Lead Trump-Russia Probe

The Washington Post reported Monday that in Trump's meeting with the Russians, he shared highly-classified intelligence on ISIS.

"The public deserves a strong and public oversight by the Congress on how Russian Federation has tried to influence our country", Judiciary Committee member Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., walk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, to. "O$3 ne of the big losers in this decision is the public", Graham said and added that he anxious lawmakers would have trouble getting responses to subpoenas delivered to potential witnesses or convincing them to testify in a public congressional hearing because they'd be more likely to plead the fifth to avoid incriminating themselves.

Moreover, Trump reportedly has kept in touch with at least one former associate who is under active criminal investigation by the FBI.

Sacked FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before a Congressional committee in an open session about alleged Russian interference in the United States presidential polls a year ago. But Trump later contradicted that explanation, saying he'd made up his mind to fire Comey well before Rosenstein's recommendation arrived on his desk. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after the Memorial Day holiday.

"He answered a lot of questions but declined to answer a lot, as well", Durbin said. And why did he write it? "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told the Russian foreign minister and us ambassador on May 10 during an Oval Office meeting, according to a transcript of the meeting read to The Times by a USA official.

The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that a senior White House adviser, close to the president, was under scrutiny by investigators examining possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The statement was first delivered to Senate lawmakers on Thursday and to House lawmakers during a similar briefing on Friday.

"Before I discuss the events of the past two weeks, I want to provide some background about my previous relationship with former Director Comey", Rosenstein said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released to reporters after the briefing.

Trump's agenda has been sidetracked by the hubbub over his firing of Comey and the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation ties.

It did not deny the Times report that Trump was critical of Comey to the Russians the day after he fired him.

During a speech at the Coast Guard Academy commencement Wednesday, an aggrieved Trump aired his mounting frustrations, declaring that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mueller was signed, said a senior White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly by name and commented only on condition of anonymity.

It was previously reported that Trump had asked for Comey's "loyalty" and pressed the former FBI director to drop the investigation into Flynn, whom Trump describes as a "good guy".

The rest of the hearing was closed, as it was when Rosenstein briefed the Senate on Thursday.

"I really think that rather than have all these memorandums and issues circulating around, that we need to put the facts before the American people", she said.

"It probably frustrated my Democratic colleagues, but they got what they asked for", Johnson quipped with a smile.

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