Trump assails 'witch hunt' after naming of special counsel

Trump insists 'there was no collusion' as special counsel appointed

Trump insists 'there was no collusion' as special counsel appointed

His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign.

"If you are a member of the Trump White House, you have to be sweating bullets at this point", Whalen said.

Recommendations from Trump staffers to hire such an attorney emerged even before the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it had appointed a special counsel to oversee the federal probe, The New York Times reported.

By Wednesday evening, a Republican source said that the move effectively shut down Congress' intense digging into Comey and his conversations with Trump. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov.

But calmness seemed far off.

Less than 24 hours before the "witch hunt" tweet, Trump complained about the cloud hanging over his presidency while delivering a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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

In proclaiming the investigation into his campaign's connections to Russian Federation the "greatest witch hunt" in American history, Trump isn't only sweeping in his own pursuit of President Obama's birth certificate (hey, where are those investigators he sent to Hawaii?) but Benghazi and the many pointless "gates" of Bill Clinton's administration - all of which were awarded more time and resources than the investigation into how far up Trump's backside Vladimir Putin's hand extends.

"Well I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", he said, insisting there had been "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"So one of the losers in this decision is the public", Graham said, following a closed-door briefing by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who made the decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel.

The South Carolina Republican said he wasn't able to ask specifically if it was now a criminal probe "but the takeaway have is everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may a criminal investigation".

That doesn't answer the question about Robert Mueller, but was the response we got. Mr Rosenstein said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

We also contacted the office of Representative Liz Cheney who reportedly took down an earlier Instagram post praising the President's firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already made a decision to dismiss Comey.

Special prosecutor Kenneth Starr led the Whitewater probe into business investments by Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

Rosenstein's briefing also comes after the decision he made earlier this week to appoint Mueller to be special counsel in the Justice Department's probe of Russian meddling in the United States election and any possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign past year.

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along".

At the same time, congressional committees are continuing their own investigations, leading to some turf warfare and sniping as the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee both sought to lay claim to testimony from Comey, while the House Oversight Committee also hoped to hear from the former director.

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