Trump Spins Yet Another Narrative Onto Comey Firing

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well.

Many Democrats earlier had sharply criticized Rosenstein for writing the memo the Trump White House initially used to justify Comey's firing.

Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him.

Asked outright whether he had asked Comey - as reported - to drop the investigation into the Russian Federation connections of his sacked national security advisor, Michael Flynn, Trump fired back: "No".

Did he in fact collude with Russian Federation in his campaign to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton?

Even Republicans who had said they were opposed to the creation of a new investigator signaled support of the move. Sen.

However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

The president repeated his denial of involvement with Russia during Thursday's press conference, saying, "There's been no collusion between certainly myself - and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians".

Trump began the day by tweeting that he is the victim of "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", a claim ignoring impeachment efforts and blistering verbal attacks on previous presidents and other political leaders.

"The appointment of a special counsel to lead the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in our election is a welcome step in the right direction".

In the meeting, Rosenstein also cast further doubt on the White House's initial explanation for why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important", Scott said.

2 Democrat in the Senate, said Rosenstein told lawmakers at a closed briefing that he learned of Trump's decision to fire Comey "and then he wrote his memo with his rationale" for the president's action.

"[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.

The report cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting - the day after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey.

"That was a poor, poor performance".

'Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side that were saying such awful things about Director Comey, ' Trump said.

"The gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russian Federation to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news", H.R. McMaster said in an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

Comey's performance at a May 3 congressional hearing also played a role in his dismissal, Trump said.

The statute says the attorney general - Rosenstein in this case because Sessions has recused himself - should "give great weight to the views of the special counsel", and inform the Judiciary committees in the House and Senate if he decides something should not be pursued.

  • Leroy Wright