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Trump Assails 'Witch Hunt' After Naming Of Special Counsel

Trump Assails 'Witch Hunt' After Naming Of Special Counsel

In an interview in April with the Washington Examiner, he declared: "The Russia is a faux story".

Trump has never been one to shy away from prejudging the outcome of investigations. During the campaign, he and aides encouraged his crowds in chants of "Lock her up!", demanding the conviction and jailing of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

There could be a side benefit for Rod Rosenstein in appointing a special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign: reviving his own reputation, heavily battered for his role in the firing of James Comey, who had been leading the probe.

"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena".

President Trump has insisted he is not the one under investigation, but that could easily change. "No, next question", he told reporters during the East Room news conference Thursday.

A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop.

There was no word on what that record might entail, a question many were likely to raise in light of Trump's recent warning to Comey that he had "better hope" there were no tapes of a discussion they'd had.

In an interview last week on NBC, Trump said he had the Russian Federation investigation on his mind when he fired Comey, although he also said he did not mean to interfere with the investigation. "Russia's fine", Trump said.

"He would be a hard client to serve", Baron said.

"I don't think that there's a necessary need at this point to add that", Sanders said. That's my first rule. "Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Rosenstein explained in a statement.

Trump had been relatively quiet on Twitter over the prior two days, issuing only a handful of official announcements about meeting with a foreign leader, and delivering a commencement speech.

White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, initially said that Trump only fired Comey on Rosenstein's recommendation - a contention supported by Trump's signed termination letter to Comey, which cited Rosenstein's memo as the rationale to dismiss the director.

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats at the White House, has overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond.

By Wednesday, leaders from the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees had sent requests to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for all records pertaining to Comey's conversations with Trump. Again and again, they have tried to push forward with their agenda, only to see news reports dominated by near-daily leaks.

"Nixon never publicly threatened people with his tapes, because he knew it would backfire on him", said Hughes, whose areas of expertise include secret USA presidential recordings.

Publicly, according to Hughes, Nixon pledged cooperation with investigators even while he resisted handing over the tapes and privately fumed about efforts to sabotage his administration. Could this lead down the road to President Trump's impeachment?


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