Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry is 'greatest witch hunt' in history, says Trump

Accusing the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration of indulging in illegal acts, Trump said, "There was never a special counsel appointed to oversee the acts of his Democrat predecessors".

President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not ask FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In a widely-shared tweet-thread, the Harvard-educated attorney described Rosenstein's place in the Department of Justice and speculated about Rosenstein's actions in the run-up and aftermath of Comey's firing by President Trump.

He later reposted the same tweet, after correcting his misspelling of the word "counsel". Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat running the Senate investigation said of the special counsel news: "I think it means our investigation is more important than ever". I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country. That kind of autonomy is what should be expected from the Justice Department, but given the president's steamrolling of norms and firing of Comey, Americans had good reason to worry about the integrity of any Russian Federation investigation.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said. "I respect the decision".

The announcement of a special counsel apparently took the White House by surprise, with Trump only being informed of it after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had signed the order.

"I hope you can let this go", Comey wrote, quoting Trump in the document, which CNN has not viewed but which was described by the sources.

Donald Trump has attacked the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible Russian influence on his election as "the single greatest witch hunt" in U.S. history.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", he tweeted on Thursday morning. Ben Cardin, speaking to WBAL News Now Wednesday morning, who said both the special counsel and an independent commission (like the one established following the September 11 attacks) would be needed to give the public a full picture of what happened and how to keep it from happening again, in addition to the prosecution of criminal wrongdoing.

Trump said in a restrained statement Wednesday that Mueller's "thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", adding that he looked forward to a speedy resolution to the probe.

Yes, the special counsel still ultimately answers to Rosenstein, who in turn answers to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the president.

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.

A day earlier, as the featured speaker at the Coast Guard Academy's commencement exercises, Trump had similarly voiced the belief that "no politician in history. has been treated worse or more unfairly". "You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".