Published: Sun, May 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Rubio on Trump's 'witch hunt' tweet: 'We're a nation of laws'

Rubio on Trump's 'witch hunt' tweet: 'We're a nation of laws'

He complained that he was the target of a witch hunt.

Trump unleashed another Twitter rant Thursday morning - despite his White House advisors reportedly preferring a more conciliatory tone - where he again claims to be the victim of something because the U.S. Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate a possible collusion with Russian officials to rig the election and fatten Trump's wallet.

Despite releasing a calculated and measured White House statement following the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump returned to Twitter early Thursday morning to vent his thoughts on the matter.

The president is right about the rarity of a special counsel, although his references to the Clinton campaign and Obama administration may not bolster his case.

As usual, Trump unearthed the names Obama and Hillary Clinton to drive home his point and claimed that they were never subjected to such scrutiny as he is now.

Mr Trump's tweets, shortly before 8am Washington, DC, time, were a stark contrast to his muted reaction to the announcement of Mr Mueller's appointment on Wednesday evening.

The White House says an investigation will prove there was no collusion.

Moments before Trump weighed in on Twitter, Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator, welcomed the investigation and said it was important to get the facts. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

- Former President Barack Obama is enjoying life out of the spotlight, but that doesn't mean he can't weigh in on his successor, Donald Trump.

After exiting a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, Durbin called the president's "witch-hunt" remark "an outrageous statement".

Trump's tweets Thursday came after the same basic argument was made on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" morning show, which the president is known to watch. Figures from both parties have also urged Mr Comey to testify publicly.

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