Donald Trump slams 'witch hunt' into Russian investigation

Cameron Gross
May 19, 2017

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. takes questions from reporters at the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Nonsense, said Roger Pilon, founding director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Libertarian-leaning Cato Institute.

The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked C.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and House Government Oversight Committee have each requested Comey testify before their panels.

Graham said that the nature of Mueller's investigation has hurt the Senate's ability to call witnesses in their counter-intelligence probe.

Burr says he would welcome Flynn's willingness to cooperate. "We'll figure out on General Flynn what the next step, if any, is".

President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not ask FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein was due to brief USA senators later on Thursday.

He joked that some US media were acting like communist newspapers during the Soviet Union and not offering real news.

The President's tweets appear to signal a policy of resistance to Mueller's investigation, that will now likely cast a shadow over the beleaguered White House for months if not years to come.

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Trump's outrageous and indefensible conduct around the Russian Federation investigation-his firing of Comey to attempt to quash the inquiry, along with the subsequent allegations that he demanded Comey's loyalty early on and leaned on him to drop the investigation of Mike Flynn-cries out for a special counsel, and Mueller, by all accounts, is a consummate choice.

"I'm concerned that director Mueller will still be subject to the supervision of the Trump-appointed leadership at the Justice Department", she said.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump called Comey weeks after he took office on January 20 and asked him when federal authorities were going to say Trump was not under investigation. As of Thursday afternoon, 190 members of Congress have signed onto a so-called discharge petition to force a vote on the bill - but only one Republican, Walter Jones of North Carolina. By Thursday morning, his response was a little less so.

Trump said in a restrained statement Wednesday that Mueller's "thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", adding that he looked forward to a speedy resolution to the probe.

He reiterated his earlier comments that the investigation is a "witch hunt". Before taking "significant" actions, however, the special counsel must notify the attorney general.

In Twitter postings, the Republican president decried the naming of a special counsel, by an official he himself appointed. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts".

Eli Lake is right: The DOJ's appointment of widely-respected former prosecutor Robert Mueller to lead the special inquiry into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russian Federation is a reprieve for a Trump Administration in crisis-a reprieve that it will nearly certainly squander, but a reprieve nonetheless.

A majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week in an effort to slow down or stop the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation, according to a new Monmouth University Poll out Thursday. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

Rosenstein, who at his confirmation hearing would not commit to a special counsel appointment and who inherited the probe following Sessions' recusal, seemed to acknowledge the public outcry by calling Mueller's selection "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome". It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax".

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