Trump tells Russians Comey was a 'nut job'

Rosenstein's 2:30 p.m. briefing with the Senate was scheduled before he announced late Wednesday that he was appointing Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor who served as FBI director from 2001 to 2013, to take over the Russian Federation investigation as special counsel. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

"It was a counter-intelligence investigation before now, it seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation", Graham said in an interview on Thursday. Flynn, through his lawyer, had earlier asked for immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for agreeing to cooperate with the committee.

Stories have emerged at a near daily rate about the Comey-Trump relationship ever since Trump fired him from the agency last week, leading to some of the public pressure for a special prosecutor to be named.

House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers.

The Hill spoke to numerous congress Republicans about President Trump's "witch hunt" tweet.

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The announcement, the latest in the shock-a-day Washington saga, was made a day ahead of Rosenstein's scheduled closed-door appearance Thursday afternoon before the Senate.

"This was a very good first step. Zero", he said at a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".

"I think that's an open question", said Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE when asked whether Comey would appear before Congress, adding that it remained to be seen "how ongoing congressional investigations will be coordinated with the special counsel". "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets.

As for the separate report of a "person of interest" under investigation, the Post said the senior White House adviser "under scrutiny" is someone close to the president but did not name the person. He gave no examples. He also told them that he was not pressured into writing his memo. The president again pointed to Rosenstein's "very, very strong" letter as a partial explanation of his decision to fire Comey.

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A respected figure in American law enforcement circles, Mr Mueller headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013, serving under Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama. He was so valued that President Barack Obama asked him to stay on two years longer than his 10-year term.

"Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him".

Mr. Spicer, traveling with the president, didn't directly address those allegations, saying in his statement: "As the President has stated before-a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation ties.

Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved, allowing the White House to refocus and move ahead.

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