Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said that Rosenstein told the senators that he knew on Monday, the day before Comey was sacked, that Trump was going to fire him.
Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russia played any role in his November election victory.In the Russian city of Sochi, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on Mueller's appointment, calling it an "internal matter" for the United States.Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans widely praised the appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russia probe.Rosenstein was due to brief US senators later on Thursday.
"The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians". That telling cast Rosenstein as the prime person behind the decision to fire Comey, even though Trump later stated that he already had chose to termination the director before asking Rosenstein for the memo.
That doesn't answer the question about Robert Mueller, but was the response we got.
"I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said of the Wednesday appointment of former FBI head Robert S. Mueller as special counsel for the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
"In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter", Rosenstein said. And during a lunch with reporters, he said the special counsel appointment is bad for the country.
"Congress has been pretty much sidelined". Do you agree? What do you say to the president?
Mueller's investigation is only to see if criminal wrongdoing occurred.
Trump said in a restrained statement Wednesday that Mueller's "thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", adding that he looked forward to a speedy resolution to the probe.
US President Trump decries special prosecutor probing Russia links
On Thursday, Rosenstein informed the Senate in a closed-door session about Trump's controversial decision to dump Comey. But Rosenstein added: "I wrote it". "It's going to hamper our ability to get to the bottom of this quickly, I believe".
"The only thing that will become public is evidence used in a courtroom", Zeidenberg said. The probe eventually resulted in a failed effort by a Republican-led Congress to impeach Clinton in 1998. That's something that, perhaps inadvertently, Graham nodded to.
"But we're going to make sure that we uncover and have transparency and whatever's there is there".
"I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country", Trump said at a luncheon with a group of television news anchors. "That is a train wreck waiting to happen".
Democrats disagree. Virginia Sen.
In a related development, former CIA director John Brennan is now expected to appear before the House Intelligence Committee next week to answer questions on the Russian Federation investigation.
These types of investigations have always generated controversy, starting with the very first special prosecutor appointed by Ulysses Grant in 1875 to probe a so-called Whisky Ring tax scandal. "The scope of the investigation is still the same". He has been tasked with carrying on the investigation that former FBI Director James Comey told Congress about before he was sacked by President Donald Trump. "Let the intel take you to the facts and the facts will take you to the truth".
Trump has denied the conversation took place.
"The Intelligence Committee in the Senate has to continue its work, and it should continue full throttle ahead", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the briefing. I actually had a chance to meet Director Mueller personally the night before I testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee ...