Both the Senate and the House of Representatives still have committees conducting their own probes into whether Trump campaign advisers conspired with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 United States presidential election. In a hearing in March, Comey announced the FBI was investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor. "It's still sinking in", one administration official said, adding "We were told about it". He's repeatedly panned both the FBI investigation and concurrent probes on Capitol Hill as a "hoax". But the snowballing Russian Federation controversy has overshadowed much of his agenda and raised questions about whether Republican lawmakers will be willing to take tough votes supporting a president under the cloud of investigation. In a brazen warning to Comey, Trump suggested he may have tapes of their conversations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - If President Donald Trump was hoping to head out on his first big foreign trip with turmoil calmed at home, he's going to have a disappointing Air Force One departure on Friday. The naming of Mueller as special counsel comes a week after Trump abruptly fired James Comey, the man who succeeded him as FBI Director.
US stocks fell on Wednesday as the controversy cast a cloud over prospects for Trump and the congressional Republicans' policy agenda for issues such as tax reform. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner.
"This announcement didn't happen by accident - it happened because the free press and the American people demanded it", he said.
"The appointment of former FBI director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence", said Sens.
"After my 10th day on my new job in Washington, DC, a friend sent me a text message that said, 'You need to get out of there!"' Rosenstein said. That explanation was contradicted by the president himself, who told NBC News last week that he chose to fire Comey "regardless" of the memo.
Q. Could a special counsel investigate things beyond simply the Russian Federation connection?
"If the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's been keeping memos on meetings with everybody and he doesn't run the Department of Justice".
"He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill said.
"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein made clear that the primary mission of the Special Counsel, who will now lead the (Justice) investigation, is to determine whether or not there were any violations of criminal law", Collins said.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is holding a rare closed-door session with the full Senate. Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott says lawmakers pressed Rosenstein on the memo but he declined to respond. "If you look at the video, it's one person shaking hands and another hugging".
Former FBI director Robert Mueller.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee also praised him as "widely respected in Congress, across the political spectrum".
On Thursday, Reuters cited unidentified current and former US officials in reporting that Flynn and other advisers to the Trump campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential contest.
Hours after issuing a more muted official statement in coordination with aides, the President took to Twitter to portray himself as unfairly victimized by the probe.