Goodlatte said special counsel for Russian Federation investigation right move

He also told them that he was not pressured into writing his memo.

"He learned the president's decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale", Sen.

Rosenstein received support from the Senate a month ago when he was confirmed by a vote of 94 to 6 to be the Justice Department's second-highest-ranking official.

We have still yet to see any damning evidence that Trump either "colluded" with the Russians or that he obstructed justice in handling the case with recently fired FBI Director James Comey.

Since Comey's firing on May 9, the calls for Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel have intensified, especially from Democratic lawmakers who believe he can longer be impartial in the Russian Federation investigation, given his role in the firing.

At his March confirmation hearing for the job of deputy attorney general, Rosenstein refused to commit to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying he was aware of no requirement to recuse himself and had no first-hand knowledge of the probe anyway. The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mueller was signed, said a senior White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly by name and commented only on condition of anonymity.

But Thursday morning's tweets indicate that Trump will handle the news of a special counsel the way Trump handles all controversies - with a vigorous and potentially self-destructive fight.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!"

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Trump went on to lament that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and electoral opponent, Hillary Clinton, were not similarly investigated by a special counsel.

Rosenstein fielded questions in the closed session for more than an hour, but many senators left the briefing unsatisfied. And Repubican Senator Bill Cassidy said Rosenstein stressed that the existence of the investigation itself does not mean that somebody definitively committed a crime. McConnell aides wouldn't say whether Rosenstein requested that the briefing be classified or whether he has told Senate leaders that he has classified information to share.

Rosenstein may have been asked about his decision to open an independent investigation, as well as the circumstances surrounding the memo he wrote about Comey. Trump muddled the waters further on Thursday, when he again cited Rosenstein's memo as one of the reasons he fired Comey.

"There is mounting evidence of obstruction of justice", Blumenthal said, avoiding a specific question as to whether he was referring to President Trump or the firing of Comey.

An anonymous source told the Post that Rosenstein was upset at the White House for initially saying his memo was the reason Comey was sacked, and threatened to resign if that narrative was not changed.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that when Trump and Comey met earlier in the White House, the president brought up the investigation into former Trump national security advisor Michael T. Flynn, who had resigned over his work for Turkey.

"I always believed that a counterintelligence investigation would not need a special prosecutor". But Sens. Tom Carper and Dick Durbin, both Democrats, and Sen.

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