'Single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history,' Trump claims

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

In a tweet earlier Thursday, Trump said "this is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician" in USA history.

Reacting to the appointment, Trump earlier said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place.

And House and Senate investigators had invited Comey back to Congress to explain what happened - although Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz declared on Twitter that he had trouble finding Comey to invite him to testify to the oversight committee he chairs.

On Wednesday, former Marine and FBI director Robert S. Mueller III was appointed the special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 USA election.

Last week, Trump generated a firestorm of criticism by firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the Russian Federation investigation.

President Donald Trump gestures as he gives the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved, allowing the White House to refocus and move ahead.

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In his statement announcing Mr Mueller's appointment, Rosenstein said: "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".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. "I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead".

"This was a very good first step". But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.

Mueller's appointment has been welcomed by politicians from both sides.

Initial statements from the White House said Mr Trump had fired Mr Comey on the recommendation of the Justice Department because of his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. Rosenstein said the Mueller appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

It later emerged that Comey had made notes of his meetings with Trump, who reportedly asked him to quash an investigation into Flynn's contacts with foreign governments.

Trump sent shockwaves across Washington last week by unceremoniously sacking his FBI director - a virtually unprecedented move that came as James Comey was heading an investigation into Team Trump's links to Russian Federation.

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