Trump says, speaking for himself, there was no collusion with Russia

In a statement following the announcement, Mueller said, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability". Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly", Trump said in a statement.

Instead of being a popular decision, the firing was met by a tsunami of criticism by Democrats because as FBI director, Comey oversaw the investigation of Russian meddling in the USA election and potential ties to Trump's campaign.

The special counsel is also authorised to prosecute any crimes unearthed by the investigation.

Trump is reacting to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans widely praised Mueller's appointment. But Sens. Tom Carper and Dick Durbin, both Democrats, and Sen.

Aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee said it was negotiating with Mr Flynn himself to obtain documents relating to its own investigation.

Some Republicans continue to question the need for an independent prosecutor, noting that multiple probes have been under way for months. "His reaction was 'extremely measured, ' another said".

A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

We can only hope that the Justice Department's lawyers are as logical.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the probe, which includes looking into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.

Asked outright whether he had asked Comey - as reported - to drop the investigation into the Moscow connections of his sacked national security advisor, Michael Flynn, Trump fired back: "No". Rosenstein threatened to resign from the Justice Department because of the explanation that White House officials were giving reporters about why the firing happened.

Another partner, Reginald Brown, is representing Paul Manafort.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump's daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are all clients of WilmerHale, the firm Mueller is leaving to assume the position of special prosecutor overseeing the high-profile Russian Federation election probe.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Still, he is not subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department. "This is a criminal investigation, it will take place in secret", she explained.

That investigation included hundreds of interviews and a restaging of the final hours of the 51-day standoff with federal agents.

BENNETT: Now, the he that she refers to is the deputy attorney general. Then came the morning.

CLAIRE MCCASKILL: He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo. He briefed USA senators in what they call "the SCIF", or a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, a below-ground facility in the Capitol Visitors Center that has an area large enough to hold all 100 senators.

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