Russian Federation inquiry needs a special prosecutor - but probably won't get one

Posted May 12, 2017

Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined Wednesday to give details on President Donald Trump's assertion that ousted FBI Director James Comey told him that he was not under investigation.

Trump's sudden firing of Comey shocked Washington and plunged Trump deeper into a controversy over his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation that has dogged the early days of his presidency.

Clinton had asked Sessions to resign on these grounds, in addition to his unethical spending of government money for personal use, but after Sessions refused, he was dismissed.

What seems like the only remaining option - the appointment of a special counsel - now lies exclusively in the hands of the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the same man, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who authored the letter that led to Comey's sacking in the first place.

Referring to candidate considerations for the next director of the FBI, Ryan said "I think it's very important that the administration moves quickly with a capable replacement". The New York Times reported that Trump was also bothered by his inability to gain assurances of loyalty from Comey. Comey's deputy, Andrew McCabe, takes over in the interim.

"The pretense of firing Jim Comey because of the Clinton emails is totally preposterous", said Connecticut Sen.

Former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko said on "The Story" tonight that he does not believe that's the case.

On Tuesday night, Warren spoke to MSNBC's Chris Hayes and said there was a pattern of people investigating Trump including former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Preet Bahraha and Comey.

"I'm going to try to figure out why the timing and why it happened at this point", said Sen.

It didn't take long for critics of President Trump to call his sudden dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director Jim Comey "Nixonian". Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation inquiry after it was discovered he spoke privately with Kislyak last summer and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner also acknowledged that he had met with Kislyak previous year in Trump Tower.

Comey: One is he wasn't Hilary Clinton.

USA stocks wavered and Treasury yields were little changed on Wednesday as Comey's firing spurred some concern among investors that the fallout could hinder the president's economic agenda. As chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Burr is leading one of the three congressional investigations and has been in regular contact with Comey.

Several members of the president's own party, including Richard Burr - head of the Senate Intelligence committee - sought to distance themselves from the White House.

The president also used Twitter to chime in, giving the Senate minority leader a new nickname. - Russia probe - In March, Comey revealed that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election and notably Moscow's possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign.