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Trump lashes out: abused by 'greatest witch hunt'


Shortly after Mueller's appointment was announced, the White House sent out a statement attributed to Trump that was a bit toned down from his Thursday tweets and remarks. I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.

In his earlier Twitter posts, Trump criticised the naming of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, an official he himself appointed.

The White House initially said last week that a letter Mr Rosenstein wrote accusing Mr Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, was what prompted Mr Trump to fire Mr Comey.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi said an independent commission to investigate the Russian Federation matter was still needed to guard against White House interference.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said.

But calmness seemed far off.

Democratic lawmakers for weeks have been calling for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to head the investigation, particularly since Trump abruptly fired former FBI chief James Comey last week in the middle of the agency's probe into Russia's involvement in the USA elections and the Kremlin's links with the mogul's presidential campaign.

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"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he maintained.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can only speak for myself - and the Russians".

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Claire McCaskill. She addressed reporters after a closed-door meeting where Rosenstein briefed senators.

Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen. "When I made that decision I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad thing about Director Comey".

After the White House put out a subdued statement on Wednesday night about former FBI Director Robert Mueller being named special counsel, Trump publicly vented on Thursday morning about the new probe.

He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation".

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The deputy attorney general penned a letter criticising Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails, which provided the White House with the rationale for firing Comey - and raised questions about Rosenstein's own ability to remain politically independent.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said. Things that he has done, things he has said, tweets that he continues to incisively release just made his life much more complicated.

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".

"He needs to testify under oath and in public", the senator, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he was supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.

The public interest, he said, "requires me to place this investigation into the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command".

During his tenure he served both Republican and Democratic presidents, and is highly respected by both parties.

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