Trump decries 'witch hunt' after special counsel appointed in Russian Federation investigation

19 Mai, 2017, 22:24 | Author: Claudine Rigal

US President Donald Trump on Thursday told reporters that the appointment of a special counselor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election "hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

Mueller takes the reins after FBI Director James Comey was sacked by Trump last week as he investigated potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Last week, the U.S. media reported that Trump had asked ousted FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation a day after former national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced out in mid-February over concerns about his contacts with Russian officials.

'The entire thing has been a witch hunt, ' the US President said.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar responded, "This is a truth hunt".

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to questions from the media as he meets with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not pictured) in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, U.S., May 18, 2017. In late morning trading, the benchmark S&P 500 was up about a third of a percent.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is holding a rare closed-door session with the full Senate. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. "We need to get all the facts, and Mueller is the type of person that is respected and trusted by both Republicans and Democrats and will put country over politics". "Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor.

"I look forward to this matter concluding quickly", the president wrote.

Flynn's contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign, as well as his work for the Turkish government, are under investigation.

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Congressional investigators want to question Kushner, the president's son-in-law, about why he failed to disclose his meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian business leaders on his security clearance forms.

Trump has denied any links to Moscow, but the appointment of a special counsel dramatically raises the stakes in a crisis threatening to paralyze his presidency.

Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration, there was never a special councel appointed", Trump said in another tweet.

Rosenstein briefed USA senators on Thursday, but made no public comments.

Mr Trump referred to Mr Comey's appearance at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his evidence regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices.

But Painter, who has joined a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, said the Justice Department is permitted to waive that requirement.

Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director for more than a decade, and his new role was met with a positive reception from legal experts and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Another Republican, Senator Susan Collins, said Muller "has sterling credentials and is above reproach". "It feels like everything is up in the air, everything is chaotic, and there's some lack of leadership coming from the White House".

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told CNN: "This president has no one to blame but himself for the mess that he's in".

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