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

Trump slams Comey, once more dismisses Russian Federation probe as "witch hunt"

Initially, Mr Trump appeared to welcome the move.

President Donald Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties with Russian Federation today, repeatedly calling it an unprecedented "witch hunt" that "hurts our country terribly".

The president's tweets and comments to the TV anchors drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mueller, who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, preceding Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"There's, frankly, no need for a special prosecutor. We've discussed this before", Spicer said. "You have two Senate committees that are looking into this".

Daria Roithmayr, constitutional law expert, professor and chair of law at USC spoke EXCLUSIVELY with about what this investigation means and if it could lead to the end of President Trump's run in the White House.

During his late afternoon press conference in the White House he took a slightly more measured approach.

Graham said that if he were Mueller, he would "jealously guard the witness pool", making it less likely that Comey will testify before congressional committees about his firing.

Jones agreed with Banks's take on the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties to the Trump administration. "I actually thought that when I made that decision. that it would be a bipartisan decision, because you look at all the people on the Democratic side that were saying very bad things about Director Comey". "What do you need to further investigate if there is nothing that has come out?"

Trump went on to dismiss as "totally ridiculous" the notion that he himself may have committed a prosecutable - or even impeachable - offense in recent months, as argued by some critics who suspect him of obstructing the FBI's probe. "Let's let this play out the way it should".

"I consider the question to be incorrect", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday when asked about the effect of a Trump impeachment on U.S.

"Whatever review that Congress wants to do, I think that's the first step", she said. "There are two committees that are now doing that".

"We're going to have a director that's going to be outstanding".

Sanders also suggested that a Russian Federation probe is not something "that the American people care about". "I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things".

What is a special counsel, anyway?

"If the USA administration considers it possible, we are ready to deliver the record of Lavrov and Trump's meeting to the Senate and the Congress of the USA", he said.

Rosenstein authored a memo criticizing Comey at length for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state. "Mueller can request additional resources, make his own calls about where to point the investigation, and in general can operate in some sense more autonomously than an ordinary USA attorney because of the designation 'special counsel.'" Mueller's next step will be to create a budget for the investigation's resources together to be approved by Rosenstein in 60 days. There has never been anything like it.

Unlike a USA attorney, a special counsel has more leeway in carrying out a probe.

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