Russian Federation investigation Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein surprised the White House by announcing the appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation late on Wednesday.
That explanation quickly unraveled, however, as reports surfaced that Trump decided he would fire Comey almost a week before Rosenstein wrote the memo.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, echoed the revelation about Comey's firing when he emerged from the briefing, saying that while Rosenstein wouldn't go into detail, he said the president declared on May 8 "that he was going to fire Comey...on May 9, [Rosenstein] wrote his memo". Trump wrote. He initially misspelled the word counsel as he referred to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and corrected himself in a later tweet.
Trump, in a tweet early Thursday, slammed the selection as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
The US president stands accused of seeking to stall the politically-explosive probe following his shock dismissal of FBI chief James Comey, and allegations that he asked Comey to drop his investigation of a former aide.
"This entire thing is a witch hunt propagated by a failed political campaign", he tweeted.
Soon after Mr Mueller's appointment late on Wednesday, Mr Trump said merely, "A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said that Rosenstein refused to answer "completely appropriate" questions asked by his colleagues, a sign that it may become more hard for the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation to continue. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri also told reporters that Rosenstein said he'd learned Trump planned to dismiss Comey before writing his memo. "Whatever the motivation for the investigation, Mueller is sufficiently well-respected that it likely won't be 'just for show.'" Daria explained that Rosenstein made a really good choice in appointing Mueller to special counsel.
During Thursday's meeting, it led at least one senator to believe the probe has now turned into a criminal investigation.
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Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former CT attorney general, told reporters, "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice".
On Wednesday, the president reportedly interviewed four candidates for Comey's former position at the White House.
Mr Comey succeeded him, having been appointed by Mr Obama.
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.
Trump sent shockwaves across Washington last week by unceremoniously sacking his FBI director - a virtually unprecedented move that came as James Comey was heading an investigation into Team Trump's links to Russian Federation.