Special counsel appointed in Russian Federation probe

The morning after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel to oversee the investigation into the Trump team ties to Russia, President Trump is declaring "this" the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Trump's tweets Thursday echoed comments he made the day before at the United States Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony, when he claimed that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

In a statement Wednesday evening, the White House said the investigation would find no evidence of collusion. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".

"I believe Mueller will be independent, he will be thorough and he will be fair and he's not going to be easily swayed, " said Elijah Cummings of Maryland, top Democrat on the oversight panel.

News of the special counsel announcement was closely held.

The latest development came during a week in which the White House faced a series of fresh controversies. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen.

"And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear - all of the things that we discussed today". "There (is) mutual suspicion of one side and the other".

Thomas J. Pickard, who served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Mueller, told The Washington Post, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran "doesn't sway under political pressure", which is why it is being suggested that Trump's embattled presidency could become even more precarious, given the numerous scandals involving him and some of his aides and Russian Federation. And Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, called the appointment a "good decision".

Reporters pressed the Colombian president to comment on Trump's "America First" policy and the proposed southern border wall, but Santos sidestepped controversy by praising cooperation with the U.S. in ending the decades-long conflict in his country. A White House in chaos is a finger pointed at the leader. One of the attendees, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Rosenstein as anxious and nervous and said he drank multiple glasses of water "and spilled one".

"There's, frankly, no need for a special prosecutor". That would surely include Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller under a statute used in 1999, when John C. Danforth was appointed to investigate allegations of government wrongdoing in the siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. They ultimately did not resign as Bush sided with the Justice Department officials.

Rosenstein, who at his confirmation hearing would not commit to a special counsel appointment and who inherited the probe following Sessions' recusal, seemed to acknowledge the public outcry by calling Mueller's selection "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

Democratic lawmakers have been clamoring for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor in the wake of Tuesday reports that Comey penned a memo documenting a request from Trump that he "let go" of the investigation into Flynn.

Mueller, a former federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, was confirmed as FBI director days before the September 11, 2001, attacks that would ultimately shape his tenure.