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Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

President Trump has insisted he is not the one under investigation, but that could easily change.

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But in the hours after the announcement, Republicans spoke mostly about it in positive tones. "I have made no such determination", Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said in a statement.

Mueller will pick up the investigation where James Comey left it before being abruptly removed from his post as FBI director on May 9.

Conversations between Mr Flynn and Mr Kislyak accelerated after the Nov 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current United States officials said.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Senator Tim Scott. "I'm not sure he addressed that with the level of clarity most people wanted", Republican Sen.

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly". Why make a point to say that?

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" said Trump on his Twitter account. "But we have to go back to running this country really, really well".

On Thursday, Rosenstein informed the Senate in a closed-door session about Trump's controversial decision to dump Comey. Trump wrote, ignoring impeachment efforts and blistering verbal attacks on previous presidents and other political leaders.

The entire Senate is preparing to be briefed behind closed doors by the man who appointed Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer may not be doing daily, on-camera briefings soon. Mueller headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013, a period that witnessed a Republican President in George Bush and a Democrat President in Barack Obama.

He will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

Rosenstein gave the impression that recently-appointed special counsel Robert Mueller was treating the investigation as a criminal matter, Graham explained.

Joining us now, Democratic whip, Senator Dick Durbin of IL.

"Whatever review that Congress wants to do, I think that's the first step", she said.

At the February 27 press briefing, Spicer said, "I think that Russia's involvement in activity has been investigated up and down". House Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead". James Lankford, R-Okla., and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Mueller is the right choice because the investigation could move more quickly.

"[Rosenstein] said over and over again that Mueller is going to draw the scope of this investigation, that Mueller is going to have the resources, that Mueller is not going to be interfered with by him or the Department of Justice", said Democratic Sen.

"What does that mean for the Congress?"

Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation.

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr, said Flynn's lawyer told the panel he would not honour its subpoena seeking relevant documents. It was not clear what caused the mix-up.