Miércoles, 21 Febrero, 2018

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Appointed Special Counsel For Russia Investigation

Irune Rengel | 20 May, 2017, 06:15

Senator Grassley and I have invited FBI Director Comey to testify before the Judiciary Committee. An investigation headed by a special counsel, on the other hand, can result in criminal charges.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election - and any possible ties to the Trump campaign. "I have made no such determination", Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

"There isn't any judicial review of impeachment decisions, so Congress just needs to be satisfied that Trump committed high crimes or misdemeanors", Jens David Ohlin, a law professor and associate dean at Cornell Law School told AFP. "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate, history is watching", said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer.

Mueller's appointment comes after growing outcry from Democrats amid fallout of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey last week.

When George W. Bush's White House chief of staff and White House counsel sought to get an ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize a warrantless domestic surveillance program that the Justice Department had ruled illegal, Mueller and Comey rushed to the hospital to prevent the Bush officials from taking advantage of Ashcroft.

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He signed a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. Hours after the court hearing, Abedin filed for divorce, the New York Post reported , citing court filings.

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". Those calls grew louder as a number of bombshell news reports emerged raising questions about Trump's dealings with Russian Federation and Comey. He was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director in 2001 and led the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks.

The comments by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings came as Democrats sought to force a House vote to establish an independent commission to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who recused himself from his committee's probe after Democrats raised questions about his independence, also praised the appointment.

Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

In an interview with CNN, Republican representative Carlos Curbelo compared Mr Trump allegedly pressuring Mr Comey to drop the Flynn inquiry, to the obstruction of justice cases that led to impeachment proceedings for former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

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In 2013, he lashed out at Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency worker who leaked US government surveillance documents. CNN did not report the information, but Tapper said CNN has since confirmed that Trump did.

The Justice Department said Mueller had resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel.

Flynn is among several high-profile associates and former associates of Trump who have been implicated in the Russian Federation investigation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he welcomes Mueller as special counsel and said the House Intelligence Committee's investigation would also continue.

HORSLEY: The president went on to say he was not elected to serve the Washington media but the forgotten men and women of the country.

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