Trump decries special prosecutor probing Russian Federation 'links'

19 May, 2017, 18:19 | Author: Valerie Burke

His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign. Stocks and the dollar tanked, amid the whirlwind of Washington turmoil, as Wall Street rightfully anxious that Trump won't be able to pass his economic growth agenda of tax reform and deregulation - because Congress is busy chasing down the latest on the alleged Russian Federation conspiracy.

But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Trump said Thursday at a White House news conference. Zero. I think it divides the country.

During the White House press conference on Thursday, when asked whether he required Comey to shut down the probe into Flynn, Trump answered: "No. No".

"He did say that Comey was to be removed from office before he wrote his memo", said Sen.

"I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said of the Wednesday appointment of former FBI head Robert S. Mueller as special counsel for the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he added later, without providing examples. Mr Trump wrote, misspelling the word counsel as he referred to former president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

"I believe that's why we're having this investigation - to find out if in fact there was collusion", Mr Dent told CNN.

The bipartisan consensus afterward is that the Trump-Russia investigation has taken on a new level of seriousness.

Adding further, Trump also noted "I actually thought when I made that decision... that it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad things about Director Comey".

"He came down here many times and said to me, 'You remember one thing: Take care of people first, and your people will take care of the Federal Bureau of Investigation mission, '" said Bernazzani.

And I will also say very strongly we've had tremendous success.

Some Democrats are calling for Trump's impeachment.

Senator Klobuchar said stakes could not be higher.

"In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter", Rosenstein said.

(Remember the incidental prosecution of Scooter Libby?) The investigation will likely turn up little to no evidence supporting the collusion conspiracy, but if Mueller doesn't nail somebody for something, leftists will then demand his head.

One striking piece of news emerged from Mr Rosenstein's briefing.

Mueller will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges. Trump muddled the waters further on Thursday, when he again cited Rosenstein's memo as one of the reasons he fired Comey. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri also told reporters that Rosenstein said he'd learned Trump planned to dismiss Comey before writing his memo.

But Trump himself has already said that he was going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation by the Justice Department.

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