Trump calls Russia probe political ‘witch hunt’
President Donald Trump is responding to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, calling the Russian Federation probe the “single greatest witch hunt”. This week, Mr. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the case, citing the need to insulate the probe from political interference.
“Mueller is exactly the right kind of individual for this job”, said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (Democrat). “I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead”.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said after an all-senators briefing from Rosenstein that the deputy attorney general already knew Comey would be fired before he wrote a memo that the Trump administration initially used as justification for ousting the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.
After Comey’s firing, Trump himself has interviewed several potential nominees.
Mr. Trump, who initially appeared to take it on the chin, returned with full force on Thursday morning on Twitter, calling the move a “witch hunt”. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” he said.
Trump also suggested Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Obama administration had committed “illegal acts” and there was “never a special councel [sic] appointed!”
“He was so respected during his time as FBI Director that President Obama asked Congress to allow Mr. Mueller to stay in office for an additional two years beyond the normal 10-year term limit”, Lamborn said. “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity”.
“This is a critical first step, but I still believe we need an independent commission”, said Bennet in a statement. “In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country”, he had said.
Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic conference, said the briefing allayed some concerns because it appeared Mr. Mueller would be operating not with “a full blank check, but all the resources he will need to fulfill what he believes he needs to do to bring this to a close”.
Comey’s attempt in the White House meeting to remain positioned as far away from the President as possible was poised to keep the agent neutral and reduce any sensitivity many voters and/or Democrats felt about Trump’s victory, Wittes said.