Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Hitting special counsel, Trump calls Russian Federation probe historic 'witch hunt'

The US justice department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.

It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as a partisan witch hunt and a "hoax".

Also via Twitter, Trump accused former president Barack Obama and his 2016 rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, of unspecified "illegal acts".

The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal government's Russian Federation investigation has dramatically raised the legal and political stakes and put Trump's young presidency in unsafe territory just four months after he was sworn into office. This man has turned out to be a disaster for the Trump White House, another magnet for the Russia-Trump link allegations, and a person who probably should have never been hired in the first place.

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation.

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BJYM "office-bearer" Bhardwaj also interacted with the media and accused AAP of hatching a conspiracy to defame the BJP. Speaking on ETV Urdu's programme Big Bulletin by Samir Abbas, Upaddhyay said, "I'm telling you with full honesty".

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics. Rosenstein said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

"More and more Republicans in Congress, from Sen".

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to writing his memo", Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill told reporters after the briefing. It gave Republicans seeking less drama from the White House something to cheer.

The news agency cites current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges and says the interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigators.

The Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

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The South is also embroiled in a dispute with China over a controversial U.S. missile defence system, which Beijing sees as a threat.

Just hours after President Trump sent out a statement accepting the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, he took to Twitter on Thursday to seemingly protest the decision.

They included Trump's firing of Comey, reports that Trump had previously pressured Comey to end a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Trump discussing sensitive information on Islamic State with Russia's foreign minister.

Former Trump aides Flynn and Paul Manafort have emerged as key figures in Trump-Russia investigation, NBC News reports.

The meeting, at which all senators were free to ask questions and make statements, had been expected to be contentious as anger flared over Comey's dismissal and Rosenstein's possible role in it. But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify. "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

"I think that's an open question", said Democratic Senator Chris Coons of DE when asked whether Comey would appear before Congress, adding that it remained to be seen "how ongoing congressional investigations will be coordinated with the special counsel". "Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media".

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A second family friend also reportedly told Sherman that Ailes allegedly "fell in Palm Beach and had a blood clot from the fall". Brian Kilmeade, a Fox News host, said on the channel that Ailes "helped build Fox News Channel into the powerhouse it is today".

His argument: Congressional interviews and hearings could inadvertently harm or complicate the criminal investigation.

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