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

Alvin Kelly
May 20, 2017

The move comes after reports that the President asked former FBI director James Comey to drop the ongoing investigation of Michael Flynn, a national-security adviser.

Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen.

Mueller is the man Rosenstein tapped Wednesday to head the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into whether anyone on Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives who sought to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman told reporters that it was a question Rosenstein faced more than 10 times.

In a pair of morning tweets and at a later news conference, Trump described calls for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

He added: "The entire thing has been a witch hunt". President Donald Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.

Rosenstein, according to his a copy of his prepared remarks at a briefing before the US House of Representatives, said that he learned on May 8 that Trump meant to fire Comey and that Trump sought Rosenstein's "advice and input" that same day.

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The comments came during a lunch with television network anchors at the White House Thursday as he was asked about the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!". "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices. Trump said in a statement on Wednesday night that "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar. "And so, it's a very big investigation, and I think somebody that's as sophisticated as Bob Mueller is really the one to carry it out and see that it does not go awry, it does not overeach, but it's what it should be".

Moments before Trump weighed in on Twitter, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin welcomed the special counsel investigation and said it was important to get facts in the Russian Federation probe. Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation".

Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic conference, said the briefing allayed some concerns because it appeared Mr. Mueller would be operating not with "a full blank check, but all the resources he will need to fulfill what he believes he needs to do to bring this to a close". Comey told Trump he should not contact him directly about FBI investigations but follow procedure and have the White House counsel ask the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, the Times reported.A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offense that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

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