Trump Alleges 'Witch Hunt', Denies Trying To Kill FBI Probe
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 22:35
Trump's complaints that he was being subjected to an unprecedented "witch hunt" ignored history, given that President Bill Clinton was investigated by an independent counsel, Ken Starr, in a probe that resulted in Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives.
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.
In an interview with NBC two days after the May 9 Comey dismissal, Trump said he had been planning to fire Comey for months, and linked it with the FBI's Russian Federation probe, saying, "In fact when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".
Ryan said of the special counsel appointment of Robert Mueller was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead". "And I think this shows a very divided country", Trump added.
In another Twitter post Thursday, Trump said: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!" Trump wrote, his anger boiling over.
President Donald Trump seemed to muddle some of the competing explanations for firing FBI Director James Comey last week.
The market gains are a particular relief to investors, coming a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 373 points on news that President Trump reportedly tried to block an FBI investigation into a former aide's relationship with Russians.
Democrats - and many Republicans - had been eager to hear from Comey after reports emerged this week that Trump may have urged the then-FBI director to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.
"I think the vulnerability is that Mueller can take this anywhere he wants for as long as he wants and no one is in control except Mueller". "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".
Democrats asserted that if Americans were to have faith in the impartiality of the Russian Federation investigation, then it must not be left in the hands of the FBI, which is meant to be an independent and non-political agency under the Justice Department. The White House denied that account. What did they have to say?
Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.
Fighting back against multiple crises has consumed much of the political oxygen inside the White House, leaving Trump's agenda in doubt. Democratic senators were prepared to press Rosenstein in the closed-door session to appoint a special prosecutor and his decision instantly defused their complaints, leading to praise instead. "That doesn't seize up Congress. This is a positive step, but more still needs to be done to ensure that we provide the whole truth to the American people".
John Feehery, a Republican consultant and former congressional spokesman, said most of Trump's voters probably won't care.
USA stocks recovered ground on Thursday as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market, a day after Wall Street saw the biggest selloff in eight months on worries the political turmoil could undermine Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.
Even if Trump turns things around and becomes a more popular, accepted president, it has to be comforting to markets to know that the sober-minded Indianian is waiting in the bull pen just in case things don't turn out so well.