Trump slams probe into him as "single greatest witch hunt"

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.

Trump's push back contrasted sharply with the near universal welcome in Washington for Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director picked for the special counsel post Wednesday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Staff also said the reason for the firing was Mr Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email servers.

The President's tweets appear to signal a policy of resistance to Mueller's investigation, that will now likely cast a shadow over the beleaguered White House for months if not years to come. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions. At the time, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigations, was busy interviewing candidates to replace ousted FBI director James Comey.

Further confusing the story, however, Mr Trump cited Mr Rosenstein's memo as a deciding factor in firing Comey during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he maintained.

"That's what I want to be focused on, because there's no collusion". "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" he Tweeted, also complaining that Hillary Clinton and President Obama were not investigated by a special counsel.

His initial response was seen as moderate, but now President Trump has lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible links between his team and Russian Federation.

Lawmakers of both parties have praised Muller's integrity and the decision to make him special counsel.

Trump called talk of potential criminal charges or impeachment "totally ridiculous".

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".

Rosenstein was originally invited by the two Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY, to explain Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already chose to dismiss Comey. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on Thursday that Rosenstein knew Comey would be fired before writing the recommendation.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Mr Trump said.

In some of the longest exchanges with reporters during a week filled with explosive headlines, including news that Comey had penned a memo documenting the president asking him to stop investigating Flynn, Trump said he thought the decision to fire Comey would be bipartisan, said repeatedly there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation, and attempted to spin it as a partisan distraction.

Aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee said it was negotiating with Mr Flynn himself to obtain documents relating to its own investigation.

Mueller's appointment was not expected to affect the FBI or congressional investigations.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE