Rosenstein: Special Counsel Will Ensure Thorough Russia Investigation

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe - a concession by the Trump administration to Democrats, who had intensified their calls for a special counsel after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

"This won't be a partisan activity", said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who spoke to reporters afterward. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, after the briefing. "Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor. The White House pointed to this recommendation as the reason that Mr. Trump made a decision to fire Mr. Comey, although Mr. Trump later said in an interview that he had already chose to fire Mr. Comey after taking office.

In this September 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington.

Rosenstein's highly-anticipated appearance came after a week of major developments that flowed from the Comey firing.

It's still unclear exactly when the president made the decision to fire Comey.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump had called the naming of Mueller as special prosecutor to head the investigation into his campaign's Russian Federation links a "witch hunt".

After Comey's firing, Rosenstein initially drew the ire of Democrats on Capitol Hill, but he seemed to have regained some good faith after his appointment of Mueller, a move Democrats had been almost unanimous in supporting.

Overall, presidents typically get far more credit or blame for the state of the economy than they deserve, economists say.

The Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Trump campaign ties with Russia announced Thursday that Michael Flynn's attorney has informed the committee the fired Naitonal Security Adviser does not plan to honor a committee subpoena issued calling for him to turn over documents related to his contacts with Russians.

"If he is able to come in as a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, use the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that are already there, use the process that's already in the place, this will actually get to resolution much faster".

In all, Baron said, while Trump maintains his First Amendment rights to free speech, most attorneys would strongly advise their clients against speaking about an ongoing case involving the clients or their associates.

Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mr Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos. Additionally, he said he got the impression from the briefing that Rosenstein believed there are criminal elements to it. Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation". "I think it divides the country".

In a Thursday letter joined by 16 other Senators, Leahy pressed the Trump Organization for more information on his foreign business ties. "It was really not a big deal, just be honest".

Democrats disagree. Virginia Sen.

"We still have questions and we'll be outlining those in the days ahead", Casey said.

"We have two very different missions".

And they wanted the investigations already underway by the Intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate to keep going, a sentiment Republicans shared. "Their's obviously is a different realm in the Justice Department, so I'm not concerned that it would impede", Rubio said. And I think it's a very, very negative thing.

The Senate investigation seems to have hit a roadblock, however. Sen.

As Greg Valliere, a Washington-based global strategist with Horizon Investments, put it in his morning note to clients Thursday: "Pence, 57, is a devoutly religious born-again Christian, a former altar boy, unabashedly monogamous, well-liked among colleagues, not given to boasting or profanity". But a spokesman for the senator later said that Flynn still has time to comply if he chooses to.

The former U.S. House Intelligence Committee chair and a former Arizona attorney general sit on either side of the political aisle.

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