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The FBI is also investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, which many believe to be the reason Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week.

Trott says Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings asked something like, "So you woke up one morning and chose to write a memo?"

With the 2018 Congressional mid-term elections fast approaching, maybe of Trump's erstwhile allies face a hard campaign dominated by questions about the president's conduct and with few legislative victories to fall back on. "There has been no collusion", Trump said.

"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.

"But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision".

In a moment of high drama yesterday, Democratic congressman Al Green told Congress: "I rise... to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States for obstruction of justice".

The New York Times published new details Thursday night about the deterioration of the relationship between ousted FBI Director James Comey and Donald Trump, who tried to convince Comey multiple times to drop the federal investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russian Federation.

Biden did say that "Hillary would have been a really good president".

Under Justice Department regulations, a special counsel has all the authority of a USA attorney, including the ability to initiate investigations, subpoena records and bring criminal charges.

The comments echoed a speech by Trump on Wednesday, before Mueller's appointment was announced, in which he said no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel will raise the intensity of the investigation and make it less vulnerable to political interference. Democratic senators were prepared to press Rosenstein in the closed-door session to appoint a special prosecutor and his decision instantly defused their complaints, leading to praise instead.

The White House also has acknowledged that Kushner met with [Sergey] Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA, in late November. "The documentation of Mr. Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation", the newspaper said.

President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call.

"So whether it is the famous Saturday Night Massacre with [Richard] Nixon that led to attention on Watergate, [Ronald] Reagan's Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal, or then with [Bill] Clinton, it was the attempt to obfuscate", he said.

McCaskill said: "He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo".

Mr Rosenstein during his briefing failed to clarify whether his memo dated May 9th was informed by his knowledge that Mr Trump was preparing to dismiss Mr Comey, members of Congress who were at the briefing said. "The series of public statements about the email investigation, in my opinion departed from the proper role of the FBI Director and damaged public confidence in the Bureau and the Department".

Immediately after the meeting, Comey returned to his office and wrote a memo which revealed that Trump asked him "I hope you can let this go".


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