The United States Congress and Senate has had almost universal praise for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller to head a special counsel in the Russia probe. What remains to be seen is how Capital Hill will react now that Mueller is asking that the multiple congressional/senate investigations into the Russian meddling and alleged collusion charges be curtailed in order to proceed with his inquiry, according to a New York Times report.
At present, five different Senate and House committees also have ongoing investigations into whether or not Russia interfered in the presidential election and possibly colluded with Trump campaign officials. Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to lead the special counsel in the heat of controversy stemming from President Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. The timing of the firing raised serious concerns about Trump attempting to thwart the ongoing investigation. After the report that President Trump may have asked Comey to drop the inquiry into then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the call for a special counsel dramatically increased. There is much focus on the memo/paper trail that Comey kept from his conversations with President Trump because of his unrest at what seemed like the president’s improper influence into the investigation.
Rod Rosenstein met with lawmakers on Thursday afternoon in a closed-door meeting to discuss all of the recent controversial events. He also acknowledged that he knew of the president’s plan to fire Comey one day before his dismissal was announced.
Do you think that the five ongoing investigations in the Congress and the Senate will willingly step back so that Mueller has unfettered access to his own investigation?
Credit: The Hill