Trump says special counsel appointment "hurts our country terribly"

Olive Rios
May 19, 2017

Faso declined, however, to comment on President Donald Trump saying he's the victim of a "witch hunt" or about calls by some Democrats in Congress for Trump to be impeached.

Trump said Thursday during a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, that he respects "the entire thing" but said that he personally has no ties to Russian Federation.

"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he declared.

Trump was asked about reports indicating he requested James Comey drop his probe into former national security advisor Flynn's links with the Kremlin.

The President also suggested that the investigation that will now be led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller was also motivated by an attempt to tarnish his election victory previous year.

These meetings come as the President is seething over the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special counsel.

Further confusing the story, however, Mr Trump cited Mr Rosenstein's memo as a deciding factor in firing Comey during a press conference on Thursday afternoon. In addition to his investigatory and prosecutorial abilities with relation to the interference in the election, as set out by Rosenstein, Mueller is also granted the capacity to pursue crimes committed in the course of his probe.

But Mr Trump, after issuing a measured statement when the news first broke on Wednesday evening, allowed his resentment to burst forth on Thursday in angry morning tweets.

"The takeaway I have is that everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation", Graham told reporters after the briefing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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

Republican Senator Jason Chaffetz also said in a tweet that Mueller was a great selection with "impeccable credentials".

Trump used his Twitter account to point the finger at everyone but himself, showing just how much the special council appointment on Russian Federation bothers him.

Rosenstein gave the impression that recently-appointed special counsel Robert Mueller was treating the investigation as a criminal matter, Graham explained.

Comey was then fired by Trump as the investigation continued.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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