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Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever

20 May 2017

Other advisers joined the discussion, with a goal of presenting the President with a plan for outside legal counsel as the Russian Federation investigation enters a new and potentially perilous phase for the White House.

This was different than the version of events he told NBC News' Lester Holt 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".

Mr Trump on Thursday also denied ever asking Mr Comey to shut down the FBI's investigation into his former national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

The remarks, delivered during a luncheon with television news anchors, including PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff, came the day after Mueller was chosen to take over the investigation, which examines Russia's interference in the 2016 elections as well as possible ties to Trump's campaign.

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Trump went on to dismiss as "totally ridiculous" the notion that he himself may have committed a prosecutable - or even impeachable - offence in recent months, as argued by some critics who suspect him of obstructing the FBI's probe.

"I think this shows a very divided country", Trump said at the luncheon.

Meanwhile, at home, other investigations into Russian Federation will move forward.

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, Republican 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".

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President Donald Trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Former Senator Joe Lieberman waves as he leaves after a meeting with President Donald Trump for candidates for Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 17, 2017.

Trump is responding to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election.

The New York Times had recently reported on a memo, allegedly written by Mr Comey, claiming Mr Trump had asked him to drop the investigation during a private meeting at the White House. And I think it's a very, very negative thing.

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