Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought to a boil questions over Russia's alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.
Though the details of Rosenstein's Senate address aren't publicly available, Vice reported several Senators' responses after the meeting. 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. The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked C. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".
The memo, on the heels of Trump's abrupt firing of Comey last week, fueled accusations by lawmakers of possible obstruction of justice and calls for an independent prosecutor to oversee the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence probe into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.
Host Anderson Cooper and Dershowitz's fellow panelists Jeffrey Toobin and Carl Bernstein argued the investigation should proceed, but Dershowitz insisted there wasn't a criminal statute about what Trump and his campaign have been accused.
Trump, combative and complaining, fell short Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.
As Graham indicates in the next clip, he has not confirmed that this is a criminal probe, but "it is my takeaway" that Congress needs to treat this "as if it may be a criminal investigation".
Mueller's status will grant him, among other powers, the authority to subpoena documents (such as Comey's notes) and any relevant tapes from the White House (if they exist).
"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said. Shortly after Mueller was assigned to lead the Russian Federation probe on Wednesday, the president said it would prove that his campaign did not collude with any foreign entity, adding that he looked forward to this matter concluding quickly.More news: Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case
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.
The Justice Department's appointment of Mueller as a special counsel is an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an outside investigator with bipartisan respect.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio also spoke to the press following Rosenstein's testimony but did not say much on Rosenstein's testimony.
Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, but there was no announcement Friday.
"No. No. Next question", Trump told a news conference in the White House, when asked if he "in any way, shape or form" ever urged Comey to end the probe. The deputy attorney general's memo was dated May 9, the day of Comey's dismissal.
Some senators were frustrated at the briefing because Rosenstein did not want to answer all their questions, Durbin said. "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said. "I believe it. I stand by it". Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".
Trump called talk of potential criminal charges or impeachment "totally ridiculous".
The Republican president decried the naming of a special counsel, by an official he himself appointed.