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McCaskill among the more vocal Senators on investigation of Trump

Malita Javier | 19 May, 2017, 22:43

Justice Department announcement of a special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election for president, including questions about ties between Russia and President Trump and Trump associates, speaks to the strength of checks and balances within the federal government.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" said Trump on his Twitter account.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can only speak for myself - and the Russians".

Across town, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.

"After my 10th day on my new job in Washington, DC, a friend sent me a text message that said, 'You need to get out of there!"' Rosenstein said. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham shared, "It was a counterintelligence investigation before now".

Flynn won't honor Senate subpoena after Trump told him to 'stay strong'
US officials however told Reuters these calls did not show any evidence of wrongdoing or collusion during the 2016 campaign. If Flynn declines to comply with the subpoena, the intelligence committee could have little legal recourse.

At the center of the political firestorm are Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn and his one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort, and their multiple undisclosed contacts with Russian officials during and after the vote. The President's anger contrasted with a more measured written statement released by the White House on Wednesday evening, when Mr Trump declared that a thorough investigation would find "no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

He was appointed under a rarely used statute that requires him to report the findings of his investigation to Rosenstein in a confidential report.

The timeline was further muddled Thursday when Democrats emerged from a closed-door meeting with Rosenstein saying he knew Comey would be removed prior to writing the memo, even as Trump insisted again that he had gotten a "very, very strong recommendation" from Rosenstein.

Despite the appointment, at least three congressional committees are continuing their investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House Oversight Committee also hoped to hear from the former director. He has served presidents of both political parties and, after taking the director job days before the September 11 attacks, oversaw the FBI's terrorism-fighting efforts over the next decade.

"I think what he says about it is irrelevant", Danforth said.

Demi Lovato Is 'Really Proud of Miley' For Giving Up Marijuana
Lovato, who recently celebrated a five-year sobriety milestone shared a countdown in March on Instagram stating: "So grateful". I think it helps to know that recovery is possible and it's something that is so important to certain people like myself".

The series of bombshell allegations has left Trump aides dazed and wondering about the future of his young presidency. It forbids, among other things, "corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication" influencing, obstructing, or impeding, or endeavoring to influence, obstruct, or impede, "the due administration of justice". Democrat Claire McCaskill corroborated Rosenstein's remarks.

Fighting back against multiple crises has consumed much of the political oxygen inside the White House, leaving Trump's agenda in doubt. That is a reality that our institutions work. "That doesn't seize up Congress".

Some of Trump's Republican allies, like Congressman Jason Amash, have begun cautiously suggesting impeachment is no longer impossible.

The question is whether President Trump's alleged request to Comey to let go of the Flynn investigation, or any other negative action or statement by the president with regard to the Russian Federation investigation, constitutes actionable obstruction of justice.

A Gallup tracking poll put Trump's approval rating at a historically low 38 percent, even before the latest wave of scandals.

Pro-Syrian forces hit in strike 'posed a threat'
According to ABC News , U.S. officials said several of the Syrian vehicles were destroyed in the strike. BuzzFeed News is the first to have reported USA confirmation that it launched these new strikes.

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