Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Donald Trump says probe will confirm no conspiracy with Russian Federation

Trump commented late Wednesday after the Justice Department announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to oversee the investigation into Trump-Russian connections in the 2016 election.

Trump last week fired ex-FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was investigating the president's campaign, and reports since then have raised questions about whether he had tried to influence the investigation.

"We need the facts", House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, told reporters in reaction to the explosive reports of Trump's request to the now-sacked James Comey, coming on the heels of claims he shared USA secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office. He then called the Russian Federation investigation "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history".

In a statement after the Justice Department announcement, Trump said he looked forward to a quick resolution of the matter.

The meeting took place February 14, one day after Flynn's resignation, according to The Times, which reported that Comey's memo was part of the then-FBI director's effort to create a paper trail. "Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result", he added. And I think it's a very, very negative thing. "The important ongoing bipartisan investigation in the House will also continue", Ryan said.

"Believe me, there's no collusion", the president continued. "Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute", Chaffetz told Fox News. Appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, he became Federal Bureau of Investigation director one week before the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Although Mueller will serve at the pleasure of Rosenstein, the job comes with independence and autonomy.

Trump also suggested that former United States presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had committed acts that should have been investigated by a special prosecutor.

Meanwhile Trump's search for a successor to Comey gathered pace: he was meeting on Wednesday with four candidates including Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic vice presidential nominee who later became an independent.

"No! No!" Trump said tersely.

Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, said others being interviewed were acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and former senior FBI official Richard McFeely.

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