FBI investigation 'not' a witch hunt, GOP rep says

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The closed-door meeting comes one day after Rosenstein's announcement that former FBI Director Robert Mueller was being appointed to act as a special counselor on a private investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Before he leaves Washington, he is scheduled to appear at a joint news conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia Thursday afternoon. Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the right decision was made to name a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigaton of Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 USA election. Rosenstein said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

Trump plans to leave the country Friday for a nine-day trip that now promises to be even more fraught for the new president.

Trump has treated the Russian Federation investigation as a public relations battle pitting him against his many enemies.

In an interview in April with the Washington Examiner, he declared: "The Russia is a faux story".

Trump has never been one to shy away from prejudging the outcome of investigations. You might remember President Trump fired the last head of the investigation and previous FBI director James Comey on May 9. Trump attached both documents to his letter informing Comey of his removal.

On Tuesday, Trump repeatedly mispronounced the name of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Erdogan stood beside him. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters.

A senior White House official said the president has been presented with options for retaining outside counsel in the case.

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along".

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"If there is obstruction of justice, perjury or false statements made in connection with that investigation", Zeidenberg said.

Sanders said on "This Week" that Congress should complete its review first, which she said she is confident will show that Trump associates had not involvement in Russia's actions.

"He would be a hard client to serve", Baron said.

"You're pretty well knocked out of the game", he said about the ongoing high-profile congressional probes, "and that's probably the way it should be".

News reports in recent days have indicated that Trump also previously asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, who quit his post in January after lying to White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador after the election.

Democrats sense that their bid to gain the 24 seats in the House of Representatives and three Senate seats they need to win control of the chambers next year is getting tantalizingly easier. But the comments touched off immediate comparisons to President Richard Nixon - except that rather than keeping the possible existence of tapes a secret, Trump might have spoken publicly about them and opened himself up to future legal challenges. "And the reason we are in unsafe territory for Trump is once you've done the big one, once you get rid of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is pretty unusual, then you don't have a lot of bullets left".

"Nixon never publicly threatened people with his tapes, because he knew it would backfire on him", said Hughes, whose areas of expertise include secret USA presidential recordings. Far-right radio host Alex Jones warns of a plot by "deep-state" globalists to impeach Trump. But with almost 30 million Twitter followers at his fingertips, Trump has resisted giving up his ability to battle the news media and investigators through a tool that he believes allows him to cut through the filter of the mainstream media.

Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Mueller was a "great selection". But the scope and frequency experienced by the Trump White House is remarkable.

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