Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever

Angie Massey
May 20, 2017

Mr Trump has in vain tried to put investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office behind him.

Rosenstein's briefing also comes after the decision he made earlier this week to appoint Mueller to be special counsel in the Justice Department's probe of Russian meddling in the U.S. election and any possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign a year ago.

They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on Islamic State with Russia's foreign minister.

In a pair of morning tweets and at a later news conference, Trump described calls for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Mr. Rosenstein declined to answer questions about his own actions, citing the investigation, including one from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) about who asked him to draft the memo. One could nearly detect a sigh of relief from many lawmakers reacting to the news.Having someone independent take over the investigation was essential due to Trump's poorly timed firing of FBI Director James Comey, his ill-advised comments afterward and worrisome reports that the president tried to talk Comey out of investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has been mentioned in connection with the Russian Federation probe.The widely respected Mueller is an excellent choice and should give all parties involved peace of mind that the probe will be handled fairly.Based on its initial statement on the subject, it seemed as though the White House was doing the right thing and taking the news in stride. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!".

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"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" added Trump.Democrats rejected Trump's characterization."This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.Russia has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

Trump's latest comments stood in contrast to his measured statement on Wednesday night after the announcement of Mueller's appointment, when he said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is determined to press forward with public hearings. "So poor in fact that, I believe - and you'd have to ask him, because I don't like to speak for other people - but I believe that's why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very, very strong letter", Trump said.

The rules also say the Justice Department must report to Congress on the grounds for closing the investigation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Another Democratic senator, Dick Durbin, said he had confidence that Mueller, who is widely respected among USA lawmakers, will follow the facts where they lead.

The Washington Post is reporting that a current senior White House adviser is under scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

It looks as if Trump isn't all that happy with how things have turned out. One difference, however: Special counsels get to choose whether they inform the Justice Department what they're up to.

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