Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Russian Federation probe: Trump cries victim of 'greatest witch hunt' in American history

"Our job is to get the facts and be sober about doing that", he said.

Trump is facing the deepest crisis of his presidency after a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey surfaced Tuesday describing an Oval Office meeting between the two men.

Some Democrats said one of Mr. Mueller's first steps should be to expand the Russian Federation probe to include looking into the firing of Mr. Comey, particularly after reports this week that the president had asked the FBI chief to back off the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to foreign governments.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday warned against "rushing to judgment" over embattled President Donald Trump, stressing that USA lawmakers need to establish the facts before considering next steps.

Comey declined to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the days following his firing.

Along with Russian Federation and Comey-related inquires, Ryan could also face questions about the health care bill, which is now making its way through the Senate.

While stocks are slipping, gold is on the rise - as is usually the case in times of turmoil.

"What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", the Deputy Attorney General added.

It later emerged that Comey had made notes of his meetings with Trump, who reportedly asked him to quash an investigation into Flynn's contacts with foreign governments.

US stocks and the dollar sold off and bond prices rallied as investors fled risky assets amid uncertainty about Trump's ability to deliver on his policy agenda, such as tax and regulatory changes. According to the story, the president told Comey that he should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information. "It also means more questions about the administration's ability to garner enough Republican, let alone bipartisan support, for the policy pledges for which investors are growing increasingly impatient".

A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

"I think we've seen this movie before", the Arizona Republican said at a dinner to receive the International Republican Institute's Freedom Award.

Even as the criminal investigation proceeds, Democrats said Congress must pursue its own multiple investigations. "Move on to tax reform. I think that with Paul, we'll just keep moving forward".

As special counsel, Mueller will have full authorization to direct the Russia investigation, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with Trump's campaign, and any other matters.

"Give me a break", Trump Jr. said.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is among those probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States election, called Putin's offer "quite amusing". They made the recommendation over the former FBI director's handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Under current U.S. law, the president has the power to declassify information as he or she sees fit.

Israeli intelligence agents were concerned that information given to Russian Federation could be passed on to Iran, it reported.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Mueller's appointment "confirms that the investigation into Russian intervention into our election will continue, as stated last week by Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe".

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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