Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment 'Hurts Our Country Terribly'

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For one, a special counsel still reports to people who report to the president - unlike a hypothetical independent commission.

Mr Trump later tweeted: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!".

President Donald Trump has, once again, taken to Twitter to discuss what's going on in current politics.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said on Wednesday to the graduating class of the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding, "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

Days earlier, on May 10, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters "we don't think it's necessary" to appoint a special prosecutor.

Goodlatte, R-Va., offered a statement Wednesday night about the decision by Deputy U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the counsel. McCaskill addressed reporters after a closed-door meeting where Rosenstein briefed senators.

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Appearing Wednesday on Special Report with Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer doesn't believe that Donald Trump can fire his way out of trouble on the Robert Mueller-led Russian Federation probe. White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, initially said that Trump only fired Comey on Rosenstein's recommendation - a contention supported by Trump's signed termination letter to Comey, which cited Rosenstein's memo as the rationale to dismiss the director. The Republican senator John McCain said that Trump's troubles had reached "Watergate size and scale".

Trump fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mr Mueller, who commands deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Mr Trump's justice department, which had resisted calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

Senate intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, noted that Senate investigators were still pursuing former national security adviser Michael Flynn, even though they do not yet know how Flynn will respond to their subpoena for documents.

Rosenstein, who a day earlier named a special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation probe that Comey was helping lead before his ouster, briefed all US senators on Capitol Hill Thursday. "Russia's fine", Trump said.

Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo", Sen. The White House tried to pass it off as being about a memo from Rosenstein.

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