Graham believes Russian Federation probe 'considered a criminal investigation'

Trump said in a statement on Wednesday night that "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". An essay in The Atlantic's March issue by David Frum envisioned what America could look like in 2021 after four years of Trump and his allies undermining democratic norms.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic] appointed!" he wrote. Trump wrote, misspelling the word counsel as he referred to former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"The entire thing has been a witch hunt", he declared, echoing one of the tweets he'd sent out just after dawn: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

In a pair of morning tweets and at a later news conference, Trump described calls for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

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.

President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied colluding with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign or asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser. The reports, based on a memo Comey wrote after their conversation, fueled allegations by Democrats that the Republican president may have been trying to obstruct the investigation.

He will also oversee the probe to determine whether the president tried to interfere with the FBI's work.

On Wednesday, Trump struck a similarly victimized tone while delivering the commencement speech to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers. This week, Mr. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to take over the case, citing the need to insulate the probe from political interference. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". Another Republican congressman, Carlos Curbelo, said if any wrongdoing was uncovered, "Those people should be held accountable".

The Post says the revelation comes as the investigation appears to be entering a more open and active phase, with investigators conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.

Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding: "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic conference, said the briefing allayed some concerns because it appeared Mr. Mueller would be operating not with "a full blank check, but all the resources he will need to fulfill what he believes he needs to do to bring this to a close". "This won't be a witch hunt", he said on CNN. Mr. Trump later acknowledged that he planned to fire Mr. Comey all along, regardless of Mr. Rosenstein's recommendation. Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott says lawmakers pressed Rosenstein on the memo but he declined to respond.

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