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Trump calls Russian Federation probe political 'witch hunt'

20 Mai 2017

A day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared behind closed doors before the full Senate.

But Mr Trump's missives on Twitter - the venue that the president most frequently turns to express his sense of grievances - not only underscore that he disagrees with his own Justice Department, but undercut claims by his own aides Wednesday that he had processed the news with grace and calm. And yet, here we're confronted with fresh evidence to the contrary - with Trump admitting to Russian officials that he dismissed Comey because of the "pressure" caused by the Russia scandal.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey wants a Democrat to be nominated to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation because "changes are needed at the White House", a spokesman said, according to the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette".

"I think it divides the country", he went on.

President Donald Trump speaks during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut, May 17 2017.

President Donald Trump at an event celebrating his victory previous year. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about director Comey", he said.

"I'm fine with whatever people want to do", he added.

A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump's team colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in the president's favour.

A special counsel is empowered to conduct the investigation independent of the Justice Department hierarchy, with a dedicated staff of his choosing. "No politician in history - and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly".

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"The appointment of a special counsel is an important first step towards understanding exactly how far the Russian interference into our election went, and whether President Trump and his associates were willful participants in the meddling", Schakowsky said in the statement.

Mr Kushner has long advised the President both during his campaign and in the White House.

"He's a good guy, a good pick", Graham said of Mueller.

In a written statement, Mr Trump insisted again that there were no nefarious ties between his presidential election campaign and Russian Federation. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, said. If he decides that something outside the scope of the letter appointing him needs investigating, he would have to ask for permission to expand his probe.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told reporters he still wanted Comey to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"No, no. Next question", he said, speaking at a press conference with the Colombian president.

A special counsel has the freedom to look at anything they believe is relevant to their investigation.

Mr Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced out in February after he misled the vice-president about his conversations with Russia's ambassador before Mr Trump took office. Flynn, through his lawyer, had earlier asked for immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for agreeing to cooperate with the committee. It was not clear what caused the mix-up.