Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

The US Department of Justice named a former head of the FBI as special counsel to lead the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Donald Trump's team.

But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi said, however, the other ongoing investigations are equally important. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey". Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who would normally have the duty of appointing a special counsel, recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March following the revelation that he failed to disclose conversations with a Russian Federation ambassador to Congress.

Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his sacking of Mr Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment". "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

Ryan said lawmakers want to hear from Comey about "why he didn't take action at the time" if his allegation that Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn is true.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., however, told reporters, after Rosenstein briefed the full Senate Thursday afternoon, that the deputy attorney general said he knew Comey would be dismissed by Trump before writing the memo that the White House released when it announced the firing.

Republicans in Congress are trying to project a business-as-usual approach amid the chaos. "Zero", Trump said during the press conference. "We don't have to wait for a president; in fact a lot of people in Congress get irritated when presidents interfere". That began to change after Trump fired Comey and continued this week.

Yet US allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose district is home to large numbers of Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA employees, said Trump's disclosure of classified intelligence to the Russians is "highly troubling".

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", said the statement. She added that "a special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last". "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

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