Monday, 17 December, 2018

Trump claims 'witch hunt' as special counsel appointed in Russian Federation inquiry

President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday Trump claims 'witch hunt' as special counsel appointed in Russian Federation inquiry
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 02:04

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign welcomed the news that Mueller would lead the investigation.

The Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel.

"Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media", Trump told Coast Guard Academy graduates Wednesday in New London, Connecticut.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to meet privately with all members of the Senate on Thursday to discuss his role in firing Comey last week. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".

Making matters worse, reports surfaced regarding conversations Trump had with Comey prior to his dismissal, alleging that the President had asked the former FBI head to end the Bureau's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and to make him a pledge of loyalty.

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"Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Rosenstein said in a statement.

"Comments such as these, emerging in the way they did, only remind us that every day public servants are reaching out to reporters to ensure the public is aware of the risks today to rule of law in this country", Brown continued.

"A special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last".

The Justice Department declined to explain the decision-making involved in the appointment. House Republicans had mixed reactions to the announcement. "A special prosecutor does not negate the need for vigorous Congressional investigations either", Pelosi said in a statement. That was the White House's position initially after the deputy attorney general argued in a memo that Comey had erred in handling the FBI's investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, even though Trump had praised Comey on the campaign trail past year. Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said late Wednesday that Mueller is a "great selection". King said, "I'm anxious with all special counsels because there's no control over them and they can abuse their power".

The special counsel is also authorised to prosecute any crimes unearthed by the investigation.

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