Back On Twitter, Trump Throws Tantrum Over DOJ Appointing Special Counsel

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 19, 2017

Lawmakers were still picking through the fallout of Wednesday's stunning announcement by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he appointed Mueller to direct the special investigation into ties between Trump aides and Russian Federation.

He claimed "illegal acts" by his election rival Hillary Clinton's campaign and his predecessor Barack Obama's government had not been investigated by a special counsel.

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 sacking FBI chief James Comey.

Last week, a memo drafted by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was held up by the White House as justification for the firing of Comey, who had been leading the investigation.

A New York-born Vietnam war vet aged 72, Mueller has a reputation as a tough lawman who once even stood up to a president.

As special counsel, Mueller can not call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. If nothing else, Mueller's appointment will slow everything down for months, giving an understaffed and overwhelmed administration time to act more strategically.

Although, we may all be overlooking that it's certainly extremely unfair that Trump is who he is and still got to be president, but I don't think that's the angle he's coming at this from.

But Trump himself has already said that he was going to fire Comey regardless - and the revelation from McCaskill appeared to bolster that version of events. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Moscow did not have official contacts with Trump's team during the presidential campaign.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was more muted and formal: "I welcome his role at the Department of Justice".

Mr. Mueller will have special powers to keep the investigation as independent as possible. That appointment was made by Comey, then the deputy attorney general.

But Rosenstein's decision prompted further outrage from Trump.

Mueller will begin his work on the Russian Federation investigation immediately.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said.

The news agency cites current and former United States officials familiar with the exchanges and says the interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigators. When a White House is under investigation, officials usually have a standard line in response to press questions: "We can't comment because there's an ongoing investigation".

Trump had been silent on Twitter about the most recent controversy in the wake of the bombshell reports that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to back off the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The plan was eventually approved by the Trump administration, but not until after Flynn had been fired.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday stressed that while Mueller's appointment "confirms that the investigation into Russian intervention into our election will continue", the Senate committee's probe would also stay active.

Cory Gardner, R-Colo. "We need to get all the facts, and Mueller is the type of person that is respected and trusted by both Republicans and Democrats and will put country over politics".

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