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Trump Criticizes Appointment of Counsel in Russian Probe

Trump Criticizes Appointment of Counsel in Russian Probe

However, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to lead the FBI's Russian Federation investigation - one day after The Times reported that Trump had pressured James Comey, the FBI director whom Trump fired on May 9, to drop the bureau's probe into Flynn.

Senators spoke after meeting Thursday behind closed doors with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to head the Justice Department's investigation of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election and any collusion by the Trump campaign.

An official with close ties to Trump has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation into Trump's campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he declared. Richard Burr said, "No, I see it as a very positive thing".

Mr Trump strongly disagreed, saying the appointment "hurts our country terribly".

A close relative shared with me his thoughts on the odd situation we find ourselves in these days, where Republicans are in charge of the Congress and the White House yet it feels as if the minority Democrats are running the show.

He leapt to make the point again at a joint news conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, describing the development as a distraction. "Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Rosenstein explained in a statement. I guess that's why we won. But after news broke this week that Comey had put to paper that the president asked him to drop an FBI investigation of Michael Flynn, it's a question Congress is trying to answer.

Members of Trump's own party mostly backed his sacking of the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, though some questioned its timing since Comey was investigating Trump's closest associates and possibly the president himself.

"What we all find odd is that all of sudden he chose to put that in a memo and send it over the president", Cardin said.




During a speech at the Coast Guard Academy commencement Wednesday, an aggrieved Trump aired his mounting frustrations, declaring that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

"I don't think I'm in a position to give any advice to President Trump".

These latest accusations come as Trump has set out on his first global trip; he will be visiting Israel, Saudi Arabia and Italy (including the Vatican).

Now Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

Democratic senators had been prepared to press Mr Rosenstein to take the step of appointing a special prosecutor, but were left praising him instead before his closed-door briefing began.

Comey's successor He said he would announce Mr Comey's successor "very soon".

"In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world's great religions", Trump said, explaining his decision to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

"Why no special counsel was appointed for what he called all of the illegal acts of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration", Trump said.


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