Trump says, speaking for himself, there was no collusion with Russian Federation

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

Even his enemies, Trump declared, recognize his innocence.

"And I think that may be the fear of many in the administration tonight, that it's not confined, and that it actually is like an octopus and that there are a lot of arms and tentacles".

Rosenstein, according to his a copy of his prepared remarks at a briefing before the US House of Representatives, said that he learned on May 8 that Trump meant to fire Comey and that Trump sought Rosenstein's "advice and input" that same day. Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".

Mr Trump has in vain tried to put investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office behind him.

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Comey was sacked on May 9.

He added: "The entire thing has been a witch hunt".

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" added Trump.Democrats rejected Trump's characterization."This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.Russia has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly".

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.

But Graham said that Mueller's appointment now shifts the FBI probe into a higher gear, and is likely to hamper the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations into Russian electoral interference. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

By Wednesday, leaders from the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees had sent requests to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for all records pertaining to Comey's conversations with Trump.

But Trump himself has already said that he was going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation by the Justice Department.

"He knew the day before", Durbin said of Rosenstein.

Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

With a special counsel, Congress loses authority in its role in the investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday he believes the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe is "now considered a criminal investigation", comments he made following the all-senators' briefing with deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "And the need for former Director Comey to come testify in public soon is as great as ever".

Mueller's mandate seems broad enough to capture matters like Trump's alleged entreaties to Comey to end the inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

That's according to several United States senators who met with Rosenstein Thursday afternoon in a secure room in the Capitol basement.

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