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Robert Mueller's Appointment As Special Prosecutor, Reportedly A Witch Hunt

Robert Mueller's Appointment As Special Prosecutor, Reportedly A Witch Hunt

But pressure on the White House intensified after Trump's firing last week of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter, and allegations that Trump had asked Comey to end the FBI investigation.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump tweeted, "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

With national news swarming over the nomination of a special counsel to investigate possible ties to Russian Federation in Trump's campaign, President Trump is calling it a "witch hunt", denying the claims.

During the press conference Thursday afternoon, Trump also categorically denied media reports he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose business ties to Russian Federation have come under close scrutiny since Trump fired Flynn only weeks into his administration.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic] appointed", he tweeted on Thursday. By Thursday morning, his response was a little less so. He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump claimed on Wednesday that "no politician in history" has been "treated worse" than him.

Senator Klobuchar said stakes could not be higher.

U.S. stocks recovered ground on Thursday as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market, a day after Wall Street saw the biggest selloff in eight months on worries the political turmoil could undermine Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.




Democrats asserted that if Americans were to have faith in the impartiality of the Russian Federation investigation, then it must not be left in the hands of the FBI, which is meant to be an independent and non-political agency under the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, Sen Richard Burr of North Carolina, who chairs the intelligence committee, created confusion on Capitol Hill by saying that a lawyer for Michael Flynn had told the panel Flynn would not be complying with the panel's subpoena for documents.

Senators said Mr Rosenstein steered clear of specifics while making clear Mr Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, potentially including criminal charges.

Trump's position on the matter stands in direct contrast with the posture of nearly all lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, who have received Mueller's appointment favourably.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mr Mueller, who commands deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Mr Trump's justice department, which had resisted calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

He says that's why he believes Congress needs to keep conducting its investigations which are meant for the public. Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation. If the decision were based on Comey's refusal to "let go" of some criminal investigation of Mr. Flynn in the intervening three months, that could potentially constitute obstruction of justice.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Rosenstein told the full Senate he was not pressured into writing the memo, but did so after learning of the president's decision to fire Comey.

While there was no special counsel appointed during the Obama years, Congress was relentless in probing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the attack on the USA mission in Benghazi.


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