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Trump calls appointment of special counsel a 'witch hunt'

Trump calls appointment of special counsel a 'witch hunt'

In addition to complaining he was being abused in unprecedented ways, he took aim anew at his presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, saying she never faced a special counsel despite "all the illegal acts that took place" in her campaign.

Members of President Donald Trump's staff, including Reince Priebus, Stephen Miller, Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Tom Bossert and Dan Scavino, deplaned from Air Force One together upon Trump's arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on May 17.

The special counsel also would seek indictments and lead court action against anyone charged with criminal acts as a result of discoveries during the probe.

Donald Trump tweeted he was the victim of the "single greatest witch hunt" in USA history.

Trump is responding to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election.

"I expected him to be ranting and raving, but he was like, 'Fine, let them do what they have to do, but we'll be focused on our agenda, '" said this official, who requested anonymity to describe the private talks.

So Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that Mueller is best equipped to spearhead the investigation that will examine Russia's meddling into the 2016 election, and determine just how deeply it might be connected with the president who continues to insist it is a hoax. He's urged not only his supporters, but also the FBI, to focus more on the leaks about the investigation that have deepened questions about possible Russian Federation connections.

With Trump only eight percent of the way through its term, his advisors spend their days swapping rumors of mass White House firings.

Trump made the remark on Twitter on May 18, a day after the U.S. Justice Department appointed a special counsel to oversee a probe into Moscow's alleged meddling as well as possible collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign.




In statement released by the White House on Wednesday evening, the President was measured in his response. If the Department of Justice thought a special counsel was appropriate, then I support that decision - as I have supported the bipartisan investigations in the House and Senate, as well as the work of the FBI.

The situation is similar to the investigation into whether officials in President George W. Bush's administration leaked the name of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame to reporters.

But the legal provision regulating it was allowed to expire in 1999 after the controversy of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's wide-ranging investigation into President Bill Clinton, which started as an inquiry into the Whitewater land deal allegations but ended up providing details of his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Some of Trump's Republican allies, like Congressman Jason Amash, have begun cautiously suggesting impeachment is no longer impossible.

Just weeks later, Trump fired Comey.

The new deputy attorney general, who was just sworn in two weeks ago and confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, came to work - he is a man of extraordinary independence and integrity and a reputation in both political parties of great character - came to work, sat down and made the recommendation for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be able to do its job that it would need new leadership.

Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., and Trump advisers, including Flynn, three current and former officials said.

If Mueller wraps up the probe relatively quickly and finds no damning evidence, that would also be a boon for the White House.


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