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Trump Says 'There is No Collusion' With Russia

Trump Says 'There is No Collusion' With Russia

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation as Congress confronted an apparent setback in its own probes: A lawyer for Michael Flynn said the fired national security adviser would not provide documents for an intelligence panel's inquiry.

"The numbers are staggering, how successful the military has been", Trump said.

As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.

Cato's Pilon said Mueller's investigation would determine whether the facts in the investigation warranted prosecution.

"I think it's much better to have someone who served a Republican president and a Democratic president, George Bush and Barack Obama as the FBI Director, so well respected look into this", Klobuchar said. There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign. "We want to be careful we don't interfere with any criminal investigations", McCaskill said.

Hoekstra said he doesn't feel the investigation needs special counsel, but if the hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, D.C. has made it necessary, Mueller is a good pick. "If I were the president I would focus on defending the nation".

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill told a crush of reporters outside the closed meeting where Rosenstein briefed senators. "Clearly it wasn't last night, it's been a matter of a few days." he said. The Illinois Democrat added that Rosenstein "kind of rejects the premise that he wasn't going to appoint one" until pushed to do so by the recent headlines.

Alexander likewise said the bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence "should also continue its investigation and that should include a public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later".

But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation ties. "Their's obviously is a different realm in the Justice Department, so I'm not concerned that it would impede", Rubio said.

During the second presidential debate on October 9, Trump said to Clinton, "I hate to say it but, if I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

The White House initially said Comey's firing was made based on the recommendation by Rosenstein. The memo harshly criticized Comey's handling of an investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails.

Talking about the appointment of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation chief for which he has been interviewing several candidates in the past few days, Trump said he will be announcing the new director soon and looks forward to doing it. And I think it's a very, very negative thing. "I have full confidence in former Director Mueller".

"I think for months, well into 2018, we are going to see this administration hobbled by this investigation".

Flynn Subpoena Burr, the Senate intelligence panel's chairman, said members are awaiting word from Flynn's attorneys whether he will comply with a subpoena for his records.