Trump slams Russian Federation probe as 'witch hunt'

Trump slams Russian Federation probe as 'witch hunt'

"I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

But instead of discussing tax rates and structures, Ryan was faced with a series of questions about James Comey, who Trump fired as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, and the Russian Federation investigation.

As previously reported, Trump's team also set up a dinner meeting with Comey where the President is reported to have demanded loyalty of the FBI Director. It is rumored he will announce his choice to replace Comey before leaving for his first foreign trip on Friday.

Mr Trump posited that the naming of a special counsel "also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won".

Lavrov says media reported that Trump told him "terrorists are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials", information he says the administration revealed with the laptop ban. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner. Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump, he indicated he and the president were still in communication.

Earlier, the U.S. was rocked by revelations that Comey wrote memos of his past meetings with Trump, including one at which the president apparently asked him to stop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In his first press conference since it was announced that there would be a special counsel to oversee the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not ask former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation and that there was "no collusion" with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Did he collude with Russian Federation in his campaign to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton?

"Even my enemies have said there is no collusion", he continued.

Another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that "this is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

According to Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, Rosenstein didn't say exactly when or why he decided a special counsel was necessary.

Mueller's appointment was not expected to affect the FBI or congressional investigations.

Senators said that Rosenstein steered clear of specifics while making clear that Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, potentially including criminal charges. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos.

President Donald Trump, followed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrives for their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May, 18, 2017.

The NY Times published a piece Thursday afternoon stating that FBI Director Comey wrote "detailed memos" about all of his interactions with the President and the White House.

That's right. Comey actually tried to hide behind a curtain in order to keep away from Donald Trump.

He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation".

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

Trump's Twitter comments stood in contrast to his measured statement on Wednesday night after former FBI chief Robert Mueller was named as special counsel, in which he said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".