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Trump calls appointment of special counsel a 'witch hunt'
20 May 2017, 02:32 | Marion Schneider
"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!", he tweeted.
In a pair of Twitter posts on Thursday morning, Trump made clear he was unhappy with the latest development to roil his four-month-old administration.
Colorado lawmakers roundly applauded the decision Wednesday evening to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling into the 2016 election, though at least two Democrats said they wanted more.
Comey had already become a controversial election-time figure when he renewed the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal shortly before Trump's electoral college victory in November. This week, Mr. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the case, citing the need to insulate the probe from political interference.
Reuters reports that after the election, Flynn, who was forced to resign for misleading officials about the nature of his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was trying to establish a "back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the us national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations".
President Donald Trump flatly denied Thursday that he ever urged ex-FBI Director James Comey to back off or close the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The meeting was set to honor law enforcement officials who worked Trump's inauguration, but Wittes said that Comey "really did not want to go".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel, was due to brief USA senators later on Thursday about Comey's removal.
Republican Representative Charlie Dent said there was no question the Russians meddled in the election.
Another Republican congressman, Carlos Curbelo, said if any wrongdoing was uncovered, "Those people should be held accountable".
"I am not on a witch hunt".
"Mueller is exactly the right kind of individual for this job", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (Democrat). Mr. Trump later acknowledged that he planned to fire Mr. Comey all along, regardless of Mr. Rosenstein's recommendation.
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Man tried to get into cockpit on flight to Hawaii
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Final confederate statue coming down in New Orleans
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James Comey will answer questions about his firing publicly
The report is the latest in a steady stream of bad headlines for the White House related to the fallout of Comey's firing. Mr Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Mr Comey, he thought it was "appropriate" to seek a new leader.
Sidney Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series
While defense has been an issue at times Evgeni Malkin knows they to start putting the puck in the net if they hope to move on. Murray saw his first playoff action Wednesday night in Game 3, as Sullivan benched Fleury after Ottawa's hot start.
Emergency meeting in Scotland tackles computer attack
She said Britain was working with worldwide partners in the global manhunt to find the creators of the cyber attack . Experts expressed concern that there would be a resurgence in attacks when people return to work.