Trump says investigation will show no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

In a pair of Thursday morning tweets, Trump asked why no special counsel was appointed for what he called "all of the illegal acts" of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration.

The US Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there was no collusion", Trump added, even though some Democrats have voiced concerns about possible collusion and suggested a thorough investigation was necessary.

Trump, who said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly", has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory.

In a statement after the Justice Department announcement, Trump said he looked forward to a quick resolution of the matter.

"In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country", he said. He also highlighted the "very, very strong recommendation" he got from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The crisis took an worldwide bent when President Vladimir Putin offered to provide Congress with a record of Trump's controversial exchange with Russia's top diplomat last week-a suggestion immediately rebutted by lawmakers. I have made no such determination.

On hearing of Mueller's appointment from White House Counsel Don McGahn, Trump assembled his senior aides in the Oval Office and gave them a pep talk, casting the probe as an opportunity to refocus on his agenda, a senior White House official said.

In addition to the probe that Mueller will direct, the House of Representatives and the Senate are conducting separate investigations.

United States lawmakers swiftly shot down the prospect of Putin providing evidence to an American congressional investigations, with Senator Susan Collins dismissing the notion as "absurd".

In a further, extraordinary twist to developments, President Vladimir Putin waded in to say Moscow could provide Congress with a record of Trump's controversial exchange with Russia's top diplomat and its ambassador to Moscow last week. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

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

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