Justice Department announcement of a special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election for president, including questions about ties between Russia and President Trump and Trump associates, speaks to the strength of checks and balances within the federal government. He also defended his decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, saying it what because of his poor performance and popularity. "And the need for former Director Comey to come testify in public soon is as great as ever".
Senators Claire McCaskill and Dick Durbin told reporters that Rosenstein learned Trump's intention on May 8, the same day that POTUS asked Rosenstein and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to "explain in writing the case against Comey".
Around the same time that Trump was preparing for his press conference, Rosenstein reportedly told the full Senate that Trump had already chose to fire Comey before Trump asked him to submit a memo that would amount to reasoning. During Thursday's meeting, it led at least one senator to believe the probe has now turned into a criminal investigation. Lawmakers of both parties sought to question him about Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, which was followed by news that Trump had shared secrets with the Russians and tried to stop Comey from investigating former presidential adviser Michael Flynn.
Referring to the special counsel recently appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the USA presidential election, including any ties between Moscow and members of Trump's campaign team, Macro said "We're a nation of laws".
"I think the vulnerability is that Mueller can take this anywhere he wants for as long as he wants and no one is in control except Mueller".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought questions over Russia's alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign to a boil. Additionally, he said he got the impression from the briefing that Rosenstein believed there are criminal elements to it.
Perhaps the most anticipated witness is former FBI Director Comey, who was sacked by Trump and reportedly wrote memos alleging the president pressured him to halt a probe of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. He also told network anchors at the White House on Thursday that appointing a special counsel "hurts the country". "Because he is a man of great integrity and experience", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. "And so I would be certain we had independent investigators to conduct those investigations".