Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Dem senator: Mueller 'great choice' to lead Russian Federation probe

Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 06:59

President Trump described himself as the victim of a "witch hunt" Thursday morning, a day after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump took to the social networking site Twitter to vent his feelings and added: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly".

President Donald Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties with Russia Thursday, repeatedly calling it an unprecedented "witch hunt" that "hurts our country terribly".

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.

Fox News confirmed the existence of the memo in which Mr. Comey detailed the ways that the president was improper regarding influencing an ongoing investigation-and the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight Committee have asked for documents relating to this matter.

"If they come out and say we need an independent commission, I'll support that", Katko said of the intelligence committees. White House aides told Politico that Trump's reaction was "extremely measured" and that he "didn't yell or scream" at the room in front of him.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral
The Hwasong-12 test launch occurred in the early hours of Sunday, May 14, from the town of Kusong near North Korea's west coast. But a senior North Korean diplomat has said Pyongyang is open to talks with Washington under the right conditions.

"My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in the DOJ statement.

US stocks fell on Wednesday as the controversy cast a cloud over prospects for Trump and the congressional Republicans' policy agenda for issues such as tax reform.

But Trump's tweets allow him to, in effect, send talking points to his supporters without the filter of the White House. In that sense, a witch-hunt exists-but the special counsel appointment isn't necessarily a confirmation of guilt-though Democrats would love to make it as such. The White House deflected criticism of the dismissal by identifying Rosenstein's recommendation as the reason, but Trump later said the firing was imminent regardless of Rosenstein's opinion.

It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax". "Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result".

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. There were multiple congressional investigations of the attacks in Benghazi, in Libya, and the roles played by Mrs Clinton, as secretary of state, and Mr Obama. He's the ideal person to investigate potential Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.

Trump was meeting with FBI director candidates when the White House was formally told that a special prosecutor had been named in Russian Federation investigation. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump would be making a mistake to start a rhetorical war with the new investigator.

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