Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Trump slams Russian Federation allegations as greatest 'witch hunt' in United States history

"I believe Mueller will be independent, he will be thorough and he will be fair and he's not going to be easily swayed, " said Elijah Cummings of Maryland, top Democrat on the oversight panel.

House of Representative members described Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's briefing as "very guarded" and "frustratingly cautious", deferring many answers to being under the purview of the recently-appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller.

The tweets further ratcheted up Trump's criticism of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, and struck a much harsher tone than what appeared to be a carefully worded statement issued the night before by the White House bearing his name.

The president misspelled counsel in the first tweet.

The heads of three congressional committees have demanded copies of all memos Comey wrote about his interactions with Trump, and asked Comey to testify publicly about their dealings, too, making the need for outside counsel more critical.

But calmness seemed far off.

As President Trump continues to deal with numerous controversies, the People story says Obama would "take his call and try to help" if Trump were in a jam and needed advice.

Robert Mueller's appointment follows President Donald Trump's shock sacking of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who had previously been looking into the claims.

However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", he added.

- President Trump went on Twitter Thursday morning and railed against the latest development in the federal investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In a brief statement, Mueller said, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability".

Mr Mueller will hand a confidential report to Mr Rosenstein when he finishes his investigation but the contents of that report will not necessarily be made public.

Mr Comey was sacked by President Trump last week, with the USA president having since admitted the "Russia thing" was on his mind when he made the decision. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey.

Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said. And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face.”.

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election, tweeting Thursday that it is "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".

And even if Trump's campaign is ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, the shadow of an investigation will hang over the White House for months or even years. "I hope that we don't inadvertently trip up or damage the independent investigation of the special counsel", he said.

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