Then, he let it all out.
Following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, few people have the perspective on the process about to unfold like Peter Zeidenberg. The president again raised that memo in a news conference just minutes after Durbin and McCaskill made their revelations.
But Graham said that Mueller's appointment now shifts the FBI probe into a higher gear, and is likely to hamper the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations into Russian electoral interference. "Everybody thinks so", Trump said when asked about the appointment.
In 2013, for instance, the Obama Justice Department secretly obtained two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press, which appeared to be linked to a criminal investigation into leaks about a foiled terrorist plot to bomb an airliner. Sessions did announce in March that he would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Throughout years of public service, he has shown he is not a political tool.
Zeidenberg says he agrees with the wide array of Congress members who believe appointing the special counsel was the correct move to further the investigation following the firing of FBI director James Comey.
Trump has never been one to shy away from prejudging the outcome of investigations.
Rosenstein was originally invited by the two Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY, to explain Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump attached both documents to his letter informing Comey of his removal.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to instruct a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton if he won. "No, next question", he told reporters during the East Room news conference Thursday.
A senior White House official said the president has been presented with options for retaining outside counsel in the case.
But Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that the appointment of the special counsel will severely limit the capabilities of the ongoing Congressional investigations.
The Senate investigation seems to have hit a roadblock, however. Sen. Trump aides initially pointed to a memo written by Rosenstein that had been critical of a number of Comey actions prior to Trump coming into office.
Though many believe the special counsel will conduct a proper probe, some say there's still a need for more outside review. That's my first rule.
"Some people don't want the story to die, right?"
The language reveals much about how Trump and his backers are explaining the seemingly never-ending blitz of bad news rocking the White House. But the comments touched off immediate comparisons to President Richard Nixon - except that rather than keeping the possible existence of tapes a secret, Trump might have spoken publicly about them and opened himself up to future legal challenges.
By Wednesday, leaders from the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees had sent requests to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for all records pertaining to Comey's conversations with Trump. "They would be seen as evidence". The FBI's counterterror mission was elevated in those years, as the US intelligence agencies adjusted to better position America to prevent another attack of such magnitude.
The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. Cory Booker but added that "it was good to hear from him directly and not through the media filter".