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Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe, decries 'witch hunt'

Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe, decries 'witch hunt'

Overall, presidents typically get far more credit or blame for the state of the economy than they deserve, economists say. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos.

Originally, the Trump White House claimed that Comey was sacked based on a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sen.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation, Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday. Whitehouse proposed Mueller use his scope to look into the circumstances under which former FBI Director James Comey was sacked.

"We need to let this process play out", he said.

"I think the vulnerability is that Mueller can take this anywhere he wants for as long as he wants and no one is in control except Mueller".

"I think for months, well into 2018, we are going to see this administration hobbled by this investigation".

"The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians".

"If you can't control yourself, just tell me where to send the flowers", he added.

And then he went back again to electoral politics, accusing Democrats of sour grapes. It later emerged that Comey made note of Trump's request in a memo that was saved.

President Trump is wrong to be furious that Bob Mueller has been named the special counsel to oversee the FBI's probe of Russian meddling in United States politics: You couldn't ask for a better man to do what's needed - and no more.

Despite initially opposing appointment of an independent counsel, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the development "helps assure people and the Justice Department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly, which is what we've called for all along".

He slammed the Justice Department's decision Thursday morning by tweeting - "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". He has served presidents of both political parties and, after taking the director job days before the September 11 attacks, oversaw the FBI's terrorism-fighting efforts over the next decade. "A special prosecutor can not take the place of a truly independent outside commission that is completely free from the Trump administration's meddling".

Mr Trump is leaving for his first foreign trip, to the Middle East and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved by take-off time.

"I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller".

His appointment raises the stakes dramatically on the long-simmering allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and had connections with members of the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein, who at his confirmation hearing would not commit to a special counsel appointment and who inherited the probe following Sessions' recusal, seemed to acknowledge the public outcry by calling Mueller's selection "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

"This was a very good first step".

He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation". At this point, the White House can not risk being made to look as though it is slow-walking or spinning oversight or investigations - not when Democrats, aided by the mainstream media, claim the president has somehow obstructed justice.

Only the Department of Justice can do that if the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds that a crime was committed. "It's seen that he can add an independent voice to this investigation which is exactly what's needed now", Said Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola University.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr indicated at one point that Flynn was resisting the committee's document subpoenas, but later clarified that he hadn't actually heard from Flynn's lawyer to that effect and he would welcome "their willingness to cooperate".


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