ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The Justice Department announcement that former FBI director Robert Mueller† will be appointed special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election a day after the revelations FBI director James Comey kept notes on his meetings with President Trump examined; details given about the Comey memo about their February meeting where Trump asked Comey to stop the national security director Michael Flynn investigation. [Attorney General Jeff SESSIONS - recuses himself from Trump campaign matters.] [Voice of White House press secretary Sean SPICER - says the published report is inaccurate.] The options for Mueller in heading the investigation & Mueller's background discussed.
(Studio: David Muir; White House: Jonathan Karl) How the White House was blindsided by this decision discussed.
(Studio: David Muir; Capitol Hill: Mary Bruce) Trump's blaming of the media for his treatment & the call for Comey to testify in public about the issues, including the memo, featured; details given of the impact of crises on the Republican agenda. [At Coast Guard Academy, TRUMP - says no politician has been treated worse.] [Senator John McCAIN - compares this to Watergate.] [Representative Jason CHAFFETZ - questions influencing the shutdown of the Flynn investigation.] [Senator Jeff FLAKE, Speaker of the House Paul RYAN - comment.] [October 2016, campaigner TRUMP - says if elected, Hillary Clinton will under criminal investigation for years.] The timetable for Comey testifying discussed.
(Studio: David Muir, Dan Abrams) What Mueller can do as an independent prosecutor & the term "obstruction of justice" regarding the Trump-Comey meetings & memos discussed.
(Studio: David Muir; White House: Cecilia Vega) The impact of these White House crises as Trump sets to travel to the Middle East & the Vatican discussed.
(Studio: David Muir) The impact of Washington turmoil on the stock market cited.