Democrats May Come To Regret Mueller Investigation Into Trump-Russia Ties

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His appointment comes as the Washington Post reports a statement made by House Majority Leader Kevin Macarthy last June: "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrbacher and Trump", he said, referring to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California and the president.

Earlier, Mr Trump had taken to twitter to vent his frustration at the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian Federation.

Republican representative Charlie Dent said there was no question the Russians meddled in the election.

And not a moment too soon, Democrats said.

"I believe Mueller will be independent, he will be thorough and he will be fair and he's not going to be easily swayed", said Elijah Cummings of Maryland, top Democrat on the oversight panel. "But any investigation must include possible obstruction of justice by POTUS".

Presidents usually sit through "pre-trip briefings galore" before foreign visits, said Michael Allen, who was an advisor to President George W. Bush.

The White House will not say whether Trump recorded conversations in the Oval Office.

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On Tuesday, Trump repeatedly mispronounced the name of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Erdogan stood beside him. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.

By Wednesday, leaders from the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees had sent requests to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for all records pertaining to Comey's conversations with Trump. "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

"I don't think he will sacrifice time for accommodation. And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face".

Sanders said on "This Week" that Congress should complete its review first, which she said she is confident will show that Trump associates had not involvement in Russia's actions. But the scope and frequency experienced by the Trump White House is remarkable.

Many Democrats earlier had sharply criticized Rosenstein for writing the memo the Trump White House initially used to justify Comey's firing.

Rosenstein himself has been under fire for his role in Comey's firing.

Wednesday night, The New York Times reported that Flynn warned the Trump administration weeks before he started his White House job that he was under FBI investigation for work he had done on behalf of Turkey's government during the campaign.

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Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Rosenstein did confirm the Department of Justice did not seek the approval of the White House when selecting Mueller to take over the investigation but remained mum on the details as to why Comey was sacked.

But anyone hoping the appointment of a special counsel means the public will ultimately hear a full accounting of the investigation might be disappointed.

The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.

McCabe had other matters on his mind, too. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speculated Trump was probably happy to get out of town - "and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".

Rosenstein has publicly denied being conscious of his reputation, telling a Baltimore business group this week: "I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States".

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