Senator: Trump Russia investigation appears to be criminal investigation


Despite initially opposing the appointment of an independent counsel, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the development "helps assure people and the justice department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along". She addressed reporters after a closed-door meeting where Rosenstein briefed senators. Mr Mueller will take over the FBI investigation.

The Justice Department has appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential campaign, including potential links between Moscow and Trump campaign associates.

Under pressure, Deputy Attorney General of the United States Rod J. Rosenstein announced Mueller's appointment yesterday.

"I find it hard to subpoena records of somebody like Mr. Flynn who may be subject to a criminal investigation because he has a right not to incriminate himself", he said, referring to Trump's ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. In addition to his investigatory and prosecutorial abilities with relation to the interference in the election, as set out by Rosenstein, Mueller is also granted the capacity to pursue crimes committed in the course of his probe.

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"We could use some conclusions based on facts here in Washington with the relentless torrent of rumor, gossip and suspicion, but very few facts", Cornyn said. Graham, for one, predicted it would slow those probes.

In a subsequent statement, Trump said he was confident he would be cleared in the probe.

"There should be no concern with that", said Sen.

The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mr Mueller was signed, according to a senior White House official.

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"There needs to be a relationship with that investigation where they can say with confidence, 'This really is a problem for us, ' or 'Hey, we'd rather you didn't do it, but it's not a problem, ' " Blunt said. "It seems to me, now, to be a criminal investigation".

"Sometimes you have to be careful what you ask for, because when you get it, all of a sudden you can't get answers to things because now it's an active investigation", he said.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen.

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