Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

President Trump faces reporters with many questions

President Trump faces reporters with many questions

House and Senate investigators probing Russia's ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump promised Thursday they would continue on the same track amid questions of whether the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would curtail their work.

He followed with a second tweet: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!".

A day earlier, as the featured speaker at the Coast Guard Academy's commencement exercises, Trump had similarly voiced the belief that "no politician in history. has been treated worse or more unfairly".

The posts, shortly before 8 a.m., were a stark contrast to his muted reaction to the announcement on Wednesday evening that Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, had been named to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

He also pledges to never stop fighting for the people and issues that are important to the country's future.

"Although it is considered an independent investigation, the Justice Department still has the power to fire Mueller without giving any reason at all", said Professor and attorney Nicole Gordon.

Comey was then fired by Trump as the investigation continued.

Mueller will have 60 days to put together a budget for resources to conduct the investigation and that budget must be approved by Rosenstein.

As special prosecutor, Mueller will have all the same powers as a USA attorney, though he will still ultimately report to Rosenstein.

Trump's Twitter comments are likely to aggravate his top aides and lawyers in the White House Counsel's office.

Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the November 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the United States national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current USA officials said.

Asked if Mueller's appointment would preempt his own request for Comey information, the Iowa Republican replied, "I don't know".

It appears the latest developments in the ongoing Russian Federation controversy are finally starting to get to President Donald Trump.

Fellow South Carolina Republican, Senator Tim Scott noted that the special counsel will "get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", The Associated Press (AP) reported.

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