Trump says, speaking for himself, there was no collusion with Russia

Trump says, speaking for himself, there was no collusion with Russia

The US President hit back on Thursday after it was announced ex-FBI chief Robert Mueller will lead an investigation into possible ties between his election campaign staff and the Russian government.

He went on to speak about "illegal acts" that took place during Hillary Clinton's campaign and throughout the Obama administration, noting that there was "never a special councel (sic) appointed".

What are the odds? The new move by the Department of Justice has been a long time coming, but Trump's whiny tweets weren't.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!

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.

So far, no evidence of collusion has been presented, but the question has consumed the first four months of Trump's presidency and spurred multiple crises that have left the White House shell-shocked.

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media. One user, Republican Tears, answered it by reminding Trump the long line of US presidents who had experienced worse than him. A selloff in US stocks looked set to extend into its second day on Thursday.

Thursday afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Mueller, briefed senators behind closed doors.

Senate Democrats demanded that Rosenstein appoint a special prosecutor, which was accomplished with Mueller's appointment.

"I believe that's why we're having this investigation - to find out if in fact there was collusion".

Another Republican congressman, Carlos Curbelo, said if any wrongdoing was uncovered, "Those people should be held accountable". The committees are seeking recordings, transcripts and memos, including the memo Comey is said to have written stating that Trump asked him in February to stop the investigation into the president's fired national security adviser, Mike Flynn. "It appears to me now to be considered a criminal investigation", Graham said. Both Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken attended the highly unusual closed-door briefing by Rosenstein.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a critic of Trump's inside the GOP, said the Rosenstein briefing led him to believe the nature of the Russian Federation investigation had changed, from one examining how far Russian Federation had meddled in the election to whether any USA citizens were part of the effort.