Trump on his alleged ties to Russian Federation: this is greatest witch hunt
Trump on his alleged ties to Russian Federation: this is greatest witch hunt
Trump's circle looking for an outside legal team to boost 'firepower' in Russia probe
19 May, 2017, 14:50
Last week, a memo drafted by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was held up by the White House as justification for the firing of Comey, who had been leading the investigation.
Now, Mueller once again finds himself in the midst of historic events: The Justice Department has named him special counsel to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump team during the 2016 presidential election and related matters.
The extraordinary work led former President Barack Obama to ask Mueller to stay two years beyond his 10-year term.
Comey succeeded him, appointed by Obama.
Democratic senators had been prepared to press Rosenstein Thursday to take the step of appointing a special prosecutor, but were left praising him instead before his closed-door briefing began.
Conversations between Mr Flynn and Mr Kislyak accelerated after the Nov 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the United States national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, said four current American officials.
Comey was "very unpopular with most people", Trump said, adding that he had thought firing him would be more popular among the Democrats, who have accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation director of helping Hillary Clinton lose the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller's appointment has come as Trump fends off reports he shared USA secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office, and had asked Comey to drop his investigation into former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn.
First reactions from Congress were mainly positive.
He added he wasn't able to ask specifically if it was now a criminal probe "but the takeaway I have is, everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may a criminal investigation". "Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted".
Graham said that the nature of Mueller's investigation has hurt the Senate's ability to call witnesses in their counter-intelligence probe. And President Richard Nixon resigned after a damning investigation by a select committee, before he could be impeached.
US stocks recovered ground on Thursday as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market, a day after Wall Street saw the biggest selloff in eight months on worries the political turmoil could undermine Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favouring economic growth. FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.
In fact the Russian Federation investigation that Trump tried to interfere with is not a witch hunt. He offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it.
Trump's terse denial followed reports by Reuters and other media about a memo written by Comey alleging that Trump made the request to close down the investigation into Michael Flynn and Russian Federation in February.
A day earlier, Mr Trump initially used the appointment to rally his team to unite, move on and refocus on his stalled agenda, said a senior White House official.
In statement released by the White House on Wednesday evening, the President was measured in his response.
McCabe had other matters on his mind, too. The others were former Connecticut Sen.
Trump is leaving town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.
Burr told reporters Thursday about the response from Flynn's lawyer.
McClatchy says Mr Flynn declined to OK a request from Obama officials to approve a military operation involving the IS stronghold of Raqqa, effectively delaying the operation.
The plan was eventually approved by the Trump administration, but not until after Mr Flynn had been fired.
Intl court stays Jadhav's execution till final verdict
Asserting its jurisdiction in the Jhadav case , ICJ president Ronny Abraham said the circumstances of his arrest remain disputed. In the two-page order , Justice Abraham also dismissed Pakistan's contention that the court had no jurisdiction over the case.
Democrats, meanwhile, accuse Trump of "sabotage" on a program he's dissed and wants to dismantle. "Let me phrase this carefully". Medicaid provides health coverage to 1.2 million - or half of all OH children - and more than 30 million children nationwide.
Emotions run hot over the status of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, considered the holiest site where Jews can pray. Despite Trump's determination to be buddies with Putin , Russia is still not an official US ally.
Currently, an estimated 200,000 victims in 150 different countries are reported to have been hit by the cyberattack. However, a hacker could change the code to remove the domain name and try the ransomware attack again.
Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017. This is an even bigger topic of discussion at the moment because the NBA Draft lottery was last night.
Andre Iguodala sat the game out because of soreness in his left knee. "Because if we don't we could end up losing the game". Golden State shot 67 percent in the first half and set a franchise playoff record with 23 assists to open up a 72-44 lead.
It is believed the 34-year-old is now earning about £230 000 (R3.9 million) a week, but will be a free agent next month. To replace that you need someone who has been here for nine years.
London airport to get first digital air traffic control
The system is due to be completed next year and will be tested for 12 months before becoming fully operational in 2019. London City chief executive Declan Collier says the current tower is "reaching the end of its operational lifespan".
Cyber attack hits China government, schools, but spread slows
The attack came after warnings of NHS vulnerability, with cyber security allegedly neglected despite a series of attempted hacks. Computers and networks that hadn't recently updated their systems are still at risk because the ransomware is lurking.
Chinese, S. Korean officials meet in attempt to fix ties
North Korea's nuclear and missile tests prompted the rival Koreas to suspend inter-Korean dialogue, the news agency said. The South Korean president declared support for a two-track policy - sanctions and dialogue - to denuclearize the North.
Special counsel pick could boost faith in Justice Dept.
President Donald Trump seemed to muddle some of the competing explanations for firing FBI Director James Comey last week. He said it is "totally ridiculous" to think he's done anything that would amount to an impeachable offense.
Erdogan entourage has history of violence
A statement from the Turkish embassy argued: "Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense". Turkey , the United States and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organisation.
New Skoda Karoq SUV
The petrol engines are a 1-litre TSI unit with 113 bhp and 175 Nm of torque or a 1.5-litre TSI with 148 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. The Karoq's European sales will commence in the second half of this year, while its Indian debut is expected to happen in 2018.
Desestiman acto terrorista en incidente en Times Square
Alyssa Elsman, de 18 años, murió luego de ser arrollada por Rojas mientras caminaba por la calles del corazón de Manhattan . Aseguró además que con la ayuda de otra persona habían sacado a una víctima que quedó atrapada debajo del vehículo.
Bain to submit bid for majority stake in Toshiba chip unit
Bain aims to recoup its investment by listing Toshiba Memory on the Tokyo Stock Exchange about two years after the acquisition. Any transfer of the memory operations without its consent would violate joint-venture agreements, Western Digital argues.
Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Wikileaks' Assange
Sweden's top prosecutor says "costs were not a reason for putting down the investigation" of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. She said the case could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations expires in 2020.