Team Trump knew Flynn was being investigated and Trump still hired him

The Russian leader said he could supply Congress with a transcript of an Oval Office meeting between Mr...

Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser.

"Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Mr Rosenstein said in a statement.

This is exactly the opposite of what most Republicans in Congress had been saying needed to happen.

"Well, I respect the move but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said when asked about the investigation.

Lynch, a member of the House Oversight Committee, noted that Comey had been invited to testify at a hearing next week, so that members of Congress could question the former FBI director about the Russian Federation investigation and the circumstances surrounding his own firing.

"Zero", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the center of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"We have a bipartisan commitment to get to the bottom of this Russian investigation", Sen.

"There is a new story and a new headline every day", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who sits on the Oversight Committee.

Congressional committees in the House and the Senate are also conducting investigations.

In the House of Representatives, we count 10 GOP lawmakers who were open to an independent investigation or special counsel, but nearly all of them had already supported one before.

His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own undisclosed contacts with Moscow's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. A late-April NBC-WSJ poll found that 73 percent of Americans want an independent investigation.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

After the Justice Department tapped Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia, Sen. "You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". "This will get us many steps closer to the truth".

Hannity tweeted on Wednesday that five groups were trying to destroy Trump: the media, Democrats, deep state/intelligence operatives, establishment Republicans and "never Trumpers".