Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

'Single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history:' Trump


According to Schmidt's report, Trump short-circuited what Comey considered to be the proper channels and etiquette by requesting information as to when it would be officially acknowledged that the president himself was not personally under investigation.

The focus now turns to how Mueller will pick up the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and what it means for the White House.

By Wednesday evening, a Republican source said that the move effectively shut down Congress' intense digging into Comey and his conversations with Trump. He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", he tweeted on Thursday.

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While Rubio said he was glad Rosenstein came to the Hill to brief Senators, he and other lawmakers said they didn't learn much more than they already knew.

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But instead of discussing tax rates and structures, Ryan was faced with a series of questions about James Comey, who Trump fired as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, and the Russian Federation investigation. Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation".

On Thursday, Wittes published an essay on these conversations with Comey on Lawfare. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos.

"Congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited, probably in an inappropriate fashion", said Graham, CNN reported. But Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill said Rosenstein "was very careful about not going into any details surrounding [Comey's] removal beause he wants to give Robert Mueller the opportunity to make his independent decision about where the investigation is going". "We believe president Trump has committed constitutional breaches, consistently lied, cheated, and enforces laws that primarily benefit him and his billionaire friends at the expense of the country". But it remains unclear what Trump was referring to or whether Comey actually told him he was not being probed.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

Asked about the potential that there had been obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel will "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point". By several senators' accounts, he contradicted Trump's statements that Rosenstein's written criticism of FBI Director James Comey had been a factor in Comey's recent firing by the president. On a day of fast-moving developments, the House intelligence committee announced that it, too, had asked for documents, in this case from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

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