Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans

Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the US would be badly hurt by the naming of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump. "That's taken off", he said. "It's very hard to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what appear to be notes of that meeting". "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation". The Trump White House has obviously denied more or less everything, but has so thoroughly leeched the credibility out of the office of the president and the man who inhabits it that it's hard to know if the administration still has its ethical bearings enough to even know where the truth begins and ends anymore.

The White House initially said that letter prompted Trump to fire Comey, but Trump later said he had already made a decision to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing".

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.

It came two days after Mr Rosenstein named Mr Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

On Thursday, a day after the special counsel was named, Trump wrote on Twitter that the inquiry "is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

The report cites two unnamed sources, one of whom read from a summary of Trump's meeting with the diplomats in the Oval Office. Trump went on to dismiss as "totally ridiculous" the notion that he himself may have committed a prosecutable-or even impeachable-offense in recent months, as argued by some critics who suspect him of obstructing the FBI's probe.

Amid growing pressure, Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the Department of Justice's Russian Federation investigation. This could potentially delay or defer the investigations that five different Senate and House committees are pursuing. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics.

It did not deny the Times report that Trump was critical of Comey to the Russians the day after he fired him.

Spicer didn't confirm or dispute the comments in the Times story on the meeting with Russian envoys.

"And we have very important things to be doing right now - whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear".

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