Colorado's delegation welcomes appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel

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Brooklyn elected officials expressed satisfaction after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel on Wednesday to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump's associates and Russian officials.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" But, in a Twitter rampage on Thursday Mr. Trump said it was the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history, which hurts the country.

"If it moves forward expeditiously, the Trump administration can put this behind them at some point; three, four, five months from now, and still have a year before congressional elections", said Patterson.

Rosenstein is the top official at the Justice Department responsible for overseeing the investigation after Jeff Sessions, Trump's attorney general, recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Thursday was not the first time Mr Trump has made baseless claims without providing any evidence.

Mueller does not have the same autonomy as a special prosecutor, an individual appointed by the Justice Department who acts entirely beyond the department's control to handle investigations where there could be a conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said a lawyer for Flynn, a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigations, had told the intelligence committee that Flynn would not comply with the panel's subpoena for personal documents related to the committee's own probe.

"I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter", Rosenstein said in a statement.

"If your implication is that the White House wants this, I think that's wrong", said Senate judiciary chair Chuck Grassley Wednesday night.

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His initial response was seen as moderate, but now President Trump has lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible links between his team and Russian Federation.

Democrats - and many Republicans - had been eager to hear from Comey after reports emerged this week that Trump may have urged the then-FBI director to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In a pair of morning Twitter posts and at a later news conference, the Republican president described calls by some on the left for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

But the president's most powerful ally on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Thursday the work of government would continue regardless.

"The general consensus is it was a good decision to pick a special counsel", said South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, saying most lawmakers have "a lot of confidence in Mr. Mueller", who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 12 years.

Charlie Dent, a Republican in the House of Representatives, said there was no question the Russians meddled in the election.

Reactions from Congress to Mueller's appointment were mainly positive, even though Republicans had dismissed an independent outside investigation as unnecessary and duplicative of what congressional committees already are doing.

Trump is leaving town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.

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