Trump Election: Former FBI Boss To Lead Russia Inquiry
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 14:13
Washington President Donald Trump bemoaned what he called the "single greatest witch hunt" in political history Thursday, after the appointment of a special counsel to investigate any links between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.
The appointment of a special counsel by the attorney general or deputy attorney general is "unreviewable, "according to the Center for Legal and Economic Studies". "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".
"If it moves forward expeditiously, the Trump administration can put this behind them at some point; three, four, five months from now, and still have a year before congressional elections", said Patterson.
Trump claimed that the report on Comey's memo was not true.
There had been a growing call from all political parties for a special prosecutor to take over the Russian Federation investigation.
Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said he was confident Mueller "will conduct a thorough and fair investigation".
Rosenstein was originally invited by the two Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY, to explain Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Mueller was named special prosecutor by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein late Wednesday. But there's always a worry when a prosecutor has only one mission that he will pursue it with excessive zeal.
Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director under Democratic and Republican administrations from 2001 to 2013, and is highly respected in Washington.
"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said in a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday.
The same pattern was in evidence when he fired FBI Director James Comey last week then used a television interview to suggest he acted out of frustration with the FBI's Russian Federation probe - even though his team spent several days saying the ousting of the bureau's director had nothing to do with that issue.
Initial response from top Democrats included praise for Mueller as the Justice Department's choice to lead the investigation, though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would have preferred a bipartisan select committee of lawmakers she said would have more autonomy.
His initial response was seen as moderate, but now President Trump has lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible links between his team and Russian Federation.
In 2011, he was asked by Democratic President Barack Obama for two more years.
Asked if Mueller's appointment would preempt his own request for Comey information, the Iowa Republican replied, "I don't know".
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.
Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.