Trump calls Russian Federation probe political 'witch hunt'

President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday over his Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, calling it "the single greatest witch hunt" in USA history.

Rosenstein, who on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to investigate possible Russia-Trump campaign coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign, made his appearances before Congress as Trump was preparing to leave for his first foreign trip as president.

Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers. That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Sen.

Burr told reporters Thursday about the response from Flynn's lawyer. It was not clear what caused the mix-up.

This recent development even led some Republicans to ask for a special prosecutor for the first time, as seen on Wednesday morning, when IL representative Adam Kinzinger told CNN, "It is time we look at the idea of an independent commission or special prosecutor".

The House Intelligence Committee requested more documents from the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation related to its Russia probe and announced that former CIA Director John Brennan would testify in public before the panel on Tuesday to answer questions about Russian involvement in the election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the FBI's investigation of Russia's scheme after it was revealed that he misled or lied to the Senate about his communications with Russian diplomats before the November election.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" he followed up.

Mr Comey was abruptly fired last week, in a move that shocked Washington.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats met in private Wednesday to brainstorm how they were going to grill Rosenstein - including pressing him to name a special prosecutor.

Added Polis: "Good first step, but we still need an independent, nonpartisan commission".

In a statement about Mueller's appointment, President Trump said: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

He said he did not intend for the document to be a finding of misconduct or a "statement of reasons" to justify the firing, but he added: "I wrote it".

But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!" He gave no examples.

While Mueller begins his investigation, Congress has its own ongoing probe into Russian Federation. FILE - In this May 8, 2017, file photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.

Mueller served both Republican and Democratic presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and has a hard-earned record of integrity and independence. That decision is up to the U.S. Congress.

But Painter, who has joined a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, said the Justice Department is permitted to waive that requirement.

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