Was Mueller the right choice for special counsel in Russian Federation investigation?

Several details emerged after the meeting broke, including Rosenstein's admission that, despite White House claims, Trump planned to fire ex-FBI director James Comey regardless of the Justice Department's recommendation.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump again denied the allegations that there was any collusion between Russian Federation and himself or his presidential campaign during the 2016 election.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham took it a step further, saying that the Justice Department's look into the Trump campaign's possible Russian Federation ties is "now considered a criminal investigation".

Mr Trump said in a statement on Wednesday night (local time) that "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

"One of the big losers in this decision is the public", Graham said as he explained that Mueller might try to prevent Comey from testifying before Congress.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

"He did say that Comey was to be removed from office before he wrote his memo", said Sen.

Under pressure to provide guarantees to Congress and the public that the Russian Federation probe will continue unhindered, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Mr Mueller - a widely respected figure who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the decade after the 9/11 attacks - to take over the reins as a special counsel.

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On Thursday morning, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham visited with Fox News to speak about the DOJ's appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia ties.

The question on everyone's mind has been: could this get the ball rolling toward President Trump's impeachment? He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He then tweeted that "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Yes, Mueller will be pressured by both Democrats and the Leftmedia to find someone connected to Trump as guilty of a crime. Mr Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory over Mrs Clinton.

President Donald Trump's own actions made the appointment of a special counsel all but inevitable.

"No, no. Next question", Trump said, cutting off a reporter mid-question. Democrats rejected Mr Trump's characterisation.

"What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", the Deputy Attorney General added.

Rosenstein's decision to appoint Mueller as special counsel could impede the congressional probes, senators said. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who added that Rosensteil said he was not pressured to write the memo. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey. "He's going to go where the facts lead him", he declared.

"Mueller can request additional resources, make his own calls about where to point the investigation, and in general can operate in some sense more autonomously than an ordinary United States attorney because of the designation 'special counsel.'" Mueller's next step will be to create a budget for the investigation's resources together to be approved by Rosenstein in 60 days.

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