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Trump Calls Probe Of His Administration's Ties To Russia A ‘Witch Hunt’

President Trump returned to Twitter early Thursday, after an unusually long period of social-media silence, to denounce the Justice Department’s appointment of special counsel to investigate the administration’s Russian connections.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday that he had selected former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent investigation, which is to include looking into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Trump tweeted. “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” In addition to demonstrating his problems with spelling, the president revealed his level of anger about Mueller’s appointment. The previous night, Trump released a statement in which he predicted that “a
thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.” He added: “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.”

The Hill pointed out that it was not the first time Trump has denied allegations that his team colluded with the Russians. He has claimed that Democrats are pushing for investigations because they are still upset that Hillary Clinton lost the election. The president has acknowledged that he fired FBI chief James Comey last week at least partly because he wanted to stop the bureau’s probe of the Russian scandal. “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story; it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,” Trump told NBC News’ Lester Holt.

The administration strongly opposed the appointment of special counsel, arguing that other ongoing investigations by various congressional committees were sufficient. “This is a process that’s working exactly as it should,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. “There’s frankly no need for a special prosecutor.”

Democrats’ demands for special counsel increased earlier this week when Comey alleged that Trump had pressured him to end the FBI’s probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The ex-general, who also was a top adviser for the Trump campaign, had several phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in December. Flynn reportedly promised the official that the incoming administration would repeal former President Obama’s sanctions on Russia.

Source: The Hill
Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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