The House intelligence committee, meanwhile, is asking for more government documents - this time about the ouster of FBI Director Jim Comey and conversations he had with Trump about investigations into Russian meddling in the election.
"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.
"I just think Trump has to learn", North Carolina voter Don Schrum told MSNBC about the president's actions.
President Trump strongly disagreed.
He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly". Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat running the Senate investigation said of the special counsel news: "I think it means our investigation is more important than ever". "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. "There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign". "But we have to go back to running this country really, really well".
A look at the powers and limits of Robert Mueller's new job as special counsel looking at possible links between Russian Federation and Trump campaign associates.
"That's the bottom line. folks don't see the Russian Federation investigation or Bob Mueller news as directly impacting their life", MSNBC Reporter Garrett Haake said about the voters. Trump later deleted and retweeted that statement to correct the spelling of "counsel".
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"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic] appointed!".
Putin offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.
He will have the power to subpoena and to prosecute and will not need the cooperation of ousted FBI Director James Comey or former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.
These calls reached a crescendo on Tuesday, May 16, when The New York Times revealed that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey had written a memo that said Trump had asked him to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.
"This was a very good first step". Democratic senators were prepared to press Rosenstein in the closed-door session to appoint a special prosecutor and his decision instantly defused their complaints, leading to praise instead.
That claim has been denied by both Washington and Moscow, with Russian President Vladimir Putin offering on Wednesday to release the records of the meeting, while accusing the U.S. of developing "political schizophrenia". "The shape and scope of the congressional investigation has dramatically changed". The idea is that Mueller's investigation should be independent, and it likely will be.
The President's adoption of the role of a victim has been a potent political weapon before and he has frequently used it to position himself against the Washington establishment, including the media which he uses as a foil in the absence of an easily identifiable political enemy, like Hillary Clinton.
Did he urge Comey at a February meeting to drop his probe of the Russian Federation connections of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn?