Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump decries 'witch-hunt' after special counsel picked for probe


For instance, Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski were appointed special prosecutors to investigate the Watergate scandal during President Nixon's administration.

"From what we've heard about this case", Zeidenberg said. The FBI is conducting their own review.

Mr Trump also said he was close to selecting a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Mr Comey, and that former senator and one-time Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman was among the top candidates. Trump later told a reporter that he was thinking of Comey's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation when he made the decision.

Deputy AG tells senators he knew Comey was... But I think if McCaskill's account is true, it at the very least further discredits the Trump administration's original claim that Trump acted on the recommendation of the Justice Department to fire Comey.

In addition, Trump dismissed suggestions of criminal charges or impeachment, saying "I think it's totally ridiculous". "Russia's fine", Trump said. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". But Mueller's integrity is unquestioned. He says he should have resigned sooner for the good of the agency, however, he doesn't doubt Comey's thoroughness as an investigator. Democratic senators had been prepared to press him to appoint a special prosecutor, and his decision defused their complaints, leading to praise instead.

"Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review". "Public access to this is probably going to be very limited now. Let's let this play out the way it should".

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Comey wrote a memo following a dinner meeting with Trump.

BENNETT: Well, the committee members I've spoken with say they have a different mission entirely. "There are two committees that are now doing that".

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"People have to understand that now that we've handed it off to a special counsel that that's where most of the questions are going to have to be directed", said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican.

Sanders also suggested that a Russian Federation probe is not something "that the American people care about".

"At some point, we get to a place where we've got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about, and I don't think this is it", she said.

Following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, few people have the perspective on the process about to unfold like Peter Zeidenberg.

Mr Trump is leaving for his first foreign trip, to the Middle East and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved by take-off time.

The day after Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump's associates and Russian officials, he appeared before the Senate on Thursday afternoon to brief senators in a closed session.

Rosenstein did not notify White House Counsel Donald McGahn of Mueller's appointment until Justice Department officials were already briefing reporters, the Post notes.

Mr Trump categorically denied he asked Mr Comey to drop his probe of Mr Flynn, whom he fired on Feb 14 for misleading Vice-President Mike Pence, about the extent of his conversations previous year with Russia's ambassador.

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