Trump assails naming of counsel as 'witch hunt'

Trump assails naming of counsel as 'witch hunt'

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.

In a tweet President Donald Trump described the situation as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

WASHINGTON, D.C.: A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump's team colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in the president's favor.

Rosenstein called White House Counsel Don McGahn right after signing the order naming former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to the role, and McGahn gave the shocking news to the boss.

"In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter", Rosenstein said.

Meanwhile, US senator Richard Burr, who chairs the intelligence committee, created confusion on Capitol Hill by saying that a lawyer for Mr Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had told the panel Mr Flynn would not be complying with the panel's subpoena for documents. Rosenstein's surprise move essentially acted as a circuit breaker, stopping what was beginning to look like Watergate on fast forward and offering a respite from an atmosphere of crisis and finger-pointing that left Trump's GOP allies stumbling in the dark. That would surely include Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

The committee is one of several on Capitol Hill investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

The appointment was a concession by the Trump administration, which had resisted calls from Democrats to turn the investigation over to outside counsel. It was therefore and enormous setback when President Trump fired Director Comey in order to stymy that investigation.

But Trump himself has already said that he was going to fire Comey regardless - and the revelation from McCaskill appeared to bolster that version of events.

While Trump has said the "facts" discussed included terrorism and airline flight safety, which he had an "absolute right" to discuss with Russia, Lavrov on Thursday was also asked to comment on the matter.

"It's a very risky situation if the president has something to hide", said Davis, because Mueller will follow wherever the investigation will take him.

"He was so respected during his time as FBI Director that President Obama asked Congress to allow Mr. Mueller to stay in office for an additional two years beyond the normal 10-year term limit", Lamborn said.

Both allegations came from anonymous sources, and the White House was quick to denounce the leaks and deny any impropriety, insisting the president never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor did he make inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

Flynn ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days.