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Trump calls himself victim of 'single greatest witch hunt'

20 May 2017, 09:21 | Gladys Abbott

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"I am not going to speculate", he said. He further claimed to have fired Mr Comey after deciding that the basis of the FBI's investigation into his possible ties to Russian Federation was a "made-up story".

Republicans have largely stood behind Trump in the first months of his presidency as the FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's election meddling intensified.

The Justice Department's Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller III as special counsel to supervise the investigation on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and its links to Trump's campaign and associates including his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Even as he erupted anew, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos.

White House communications staff initially said the President made a decision to fire Mr Comey after receiving recommendations from both Mr Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

"I determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", he said.

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly". "And I think this shows a very divided country". "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. This won't be a witch hunt. "Things will work out just fine", he added.

The Justice Department's appointment of Mueller as a special counsel is an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an outside investigator with bipartisan respect.

Trump criticized the move earlier Thursday.

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But Thursday morning, Trump tweeted a more aggressive tone, calling the investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign a "witch hunt", a sentiment he reiterated later Thursday during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Trump wrote, ignoring impeachment efforts and blistering verbal attacks on previous presidents and other political leaders.

On Wednesday, the president predicted that the probe would "confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

Chemerinsky and Freedman are correct that a new special prosecutor statute that protected the post from politically motivated removal would be much better than what we now have, although the politicization of the courts has made such protection somewhat illusory.

Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director for more than a decade, and his new role was met with a positive reception from legal experts and politicians from both sides of the aisle. Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

The counsel is also investigating possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow.

White House officials such press secretary Sean Spicer had said as recently as Tuesday there was no need for a special counsel.

Graham said he thinks "Congress' ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited, probably in an appropriate fashion". And Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, called the appointment a "good decision".

In naming Robert Mueller, the deputy attorney general said it was in the public interest to have an outsider. He was sacked as national security adviser in February after it emerged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with Russia's ambassador to Washington in December.



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