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Hitting special counsel, Trump calls Russian Federation probe historic 'witch hunt'

Hitting special counsel, Trump calls Russian Federation probe historic 'witch hunt'

It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax". Trump tweeted, misspelling the word "counsel".

"The general consensus is it was a good decision to pick a special counsel", said South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, saying most lawmakers have "a lot of confidence in Mr. Mueller", who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 12 years.

The entire Senate is preparing to be briefed behind closed doors by the man who appointed Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"Trump handled it better than anyone expected", Politico reported, citing a source in the room.

"Why no special counsel was appointed for what he called all of the illegal acts of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration", Trump said.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump was quoted in a White House statement as saying: "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

He says the move "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country" and is "a very, very negative thing".

The FBI has been investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation a year ago to turn the presidential election in Trump's favor.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said in a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday.

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.

"They're going to want to get tax records", Zeidenberg said.

Early Thursday morning, Eric Trump, the second of the president's three sons, also lashed out on Twitter.

Once again, Trump's tweets on Thursday saw him stake out a radical departure from the official White House line on an important issue, a habit that has repeatedly undermined his press operation in recent days, and made it even more hard for his administration to move on from a string of self-imposed crises.


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