Probe will prove no conspiracy with Russia: Donald Trump

Henrietta Strickland
May 19, 2017

The president claimed he was the target of the "greatest witch hunt" in U.S. political history and complained that the campaign against him was dividing the country.

Lashing out after a high-powered special counsel was appointed to investigate events around the 2016 election, Trump denied he ever plotted with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can only speak for myself - and the Russians".

On Wednesday, an investigation into his campaign's ties with Moscow was significantly strengthened by the appointment of straight-shooting former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead it.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. No politician in history-and I say this with great surety-has been treated worse or more unfairly". Trump wrote, his anger boiling over.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he said, without providing evidence for those claims.

A former spokesman at the Department of Justice said in a new interview former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey might have spent the last several months building a case against President Donald Trump before he was sacked.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "the country is being tested in unprecedented ways" after learning of new reporting saying that Trump asked Comey to shelve the investigation.

His request came in response to media reports disclosing the existence of a memo written by Mr Comey, whom Mr Trump fired last week, alleging that Mr Trump asked him to end the Flynn investigation during a meeting at the White House in February.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said.

Also on Tuesday, a new poll showed that 48 percent of USA voters said they would support Trump's impeachment, while only 41 percent would oppose such charges.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

"We look forward to getting this whole situation behind us", he said, vowing to focus his administration's resources instead on creating jobs, strengthening the military and reforming health care.

On Monday, it was alleged that Trump relayed highly classified information from a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria during his meeting with senior Russian officials last week.

The series of bombshell allegations has left Trump aides dazed and wondering about the future of his young presidency.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".

Cutting across party lines, top American lawmakers welcomed the Mueller's for the investigation.

The White House didn't learn of his appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until 30 minutes before it was publicly announced. "It feels like everything is up in the air, everything is chaotic, and there's some lack of leadership coming from the White House".

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation... which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety", he defensively said in two postings on his Tweet account.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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