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

19 May 2017

Swecker served as Assistant Director of the FBI Criminal Investigations Division under Mueller.

The Republican leader, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russian Federation helped put him in the White House, has been accused of seeking to block the investigation by firing FBI chief James Comey.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed" he said, having misspelled counsel in a previous tweet which was quickly deleted. Trump did not specify what he meant by illegal acts. But that changed on Wednesday evening when Rosenstein announced that he had appointed another former FBI director, Robert Mueller, to conduct an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign. Initially, the White House claimed that Trump was simply following the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. But the scope and frequency experienced by the Trump White House is remarkable. Instead, his only clear takeaway was that he would prefer the answers he did get to be aired by Rosenstein in public before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

In tweets early Thursday morning, Trump argued he was being unfairly singled out for investigation, calling Mueller's appointment "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". Two other Democratic senators bolstered Durbin's account.

Trump has frequently attacked the news media and Democrats, groups that are unpopular with his supporters, as a way of solidifying his backing. Swecker says his termination came as a surprise to him.

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The more Trump displays his impulsive and angry side, the harder it may be to rally that support. Even if Trump's voters dislike him, he will have the power to compel testimony and demand documents as long as he remains on the job.

The bipartisan consensus afterward is that the Trump-Russia investigation has taken on a new level of seriousness. "It's possible that though Mueller may come to believe that Trump violated the law, he might not find sufficient evidence to prove it". The move has received praise from both Republicans and Democrats.

The congressional investigations will continue, but Mueller's appointment complicates them. He added that he hoped Mueller would meet with the leaders of the various committees "and make sure that we don't step on his investigation".

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics.

Hours later, during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump revisited the topic.

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Trump then directed his ire at former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by the president last week. During the campaign, he and aides encouraged his crowds in chants of "Lock her up!", demanding the conviction and jailing of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Repeating his assertion that Comey "was very unpopular with most people", Trump said he was dismissed over inaccurate testimony delivered before Congress as well as his faulty decision making during the presidential campaign.

The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Orleans is praising the selection of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russian Federation.

Appearing Wednesday on Special Report with Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer doesn't believe that Donald Trump can fire his way out of trouble on the Robert Mueller-led Russian Federation probe. "But Donald Trump created many of these problems for himself".

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