It's greatest witch-hunt, says Donald Trump

It's greatest witch-hunt, says Donald Trump

The House Oversight Committee sent a letter requesting the memo referenced in the report no later than May 24.

Russian Federation investigation Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein surprised the White House by announcing the appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation late on Wednesday. Earlier this week, a memo written by Comey and relayed to The New York Times accused Trump of urging his former FBI director to end the federal investigation.

Instead of being a popular decision, the firing was met by a tsunami of criticism by Democrats because as FBI director, Comey oversaw the investigation of Russian meddling in the USA election and potential ties to Trump's campaign.

In a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 78 percent of respondents said they would rather see the investigation led by an independent commission or special prosecutor, versus one led by Congress.

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly".

"I think a lot of members want the special counsel to be appointed, but don't understand that you're pretty well knocked out of the game", Graham said.

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. "There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign". "Because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he thinks the appointment of special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is bad for the United States. Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Trump wrote, ignoring impeachment efforts and blistering verbal attacks on previous presidents and other political leaders.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed", Trump tweeted.

The press conference was also one of Trump's last opportunities to speak on the record to the American media before his first trip overseas as president later this week.

Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, but he seems to be continuing to devolve on Twitter since Mueller's selection was announced.

He will have almost unfettered access to witnesses and information, and the ability to bring criminal charges.

Democratic senators had been prepared to press Rosenstein to take the step of appointing a special prosecutor, but were left praising him instead before his closed-door briefing began. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced a hearing next week for Comey to testify, but he did so before he had even made contact with Comey, and it's unlikely Comey plans to attend next week.

But Mueller and Comey have been longtime allies dating back to at least 2003 when the men both worked in Washington, D.C., Mueller as FBI Director and Comey as Deputy Attorney General.

"People have to understand that now that we've handed it off to a special counsel that that's where most of the questions are going to have to be directed", said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former CT attorney general, told reporters, "The special prosecutor is doing an investigation of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice". It was not clear what caused the mix-up.