Trump slams Russian Federation allegations as greatest 'witch hunt' in USA history

Colorado lawmakers roundly applauded the decision Wednesday evening to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling into the 2016 election, though at least two Democrats said they wanted more.

US President Donald Trump says he is the victim of the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", in an apparent reference to the investigation regarding the president's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

Mr Trump has made similar complaints before, but this one came the day after the justice department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the federal Trump-Russia investigation.

President Donald Trump says that the appointment of a special counsel for the ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation "divides the country".

The public interest, he said, "requires me to place this investigation into the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command".

Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013.

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's surprise move essentially acted as a circuit breaker, stopping what was beginning to look like Watergate on fast forward and offering a respite from an atmosphere of crisis and finger-pointing that left Trump's GOP allies stumbling in the dark. In the memo, Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"Mr. President, appointing a special counsel is not a witch hunt", Sanders tweeted.

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Comey had been leading the investigation into Russia's role in the election until his sacking last week.

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. It was therefore and enormous setback when President Trump fired Director Comey in order to stymy that investigation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Moscow did not have official contacts with Trump's team during the presidential campaign.

Durbin said Trump's actions - including the decision to fire Comey and his "incessant" provocative posts on Twitter - have done more harm than any enemy, real or perceived, could.

That claim has been denied by both Washington and Moscow, with Russian President Vladimir Putin offering on Wednesday to release the records of the meeting, while accusing the United States of developing "political schizophrenia".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has offered Rosenstein a similar invitation to address House members.

Trump's alleged pressure on Comey - denied by the White House - has exposed the president to accusations of obstructing justice.

Those with long memories of the workings of Senator Joseph McCarthy or the Congressional interlocutors of Senator Thomas Eagleton may argue against Trump's claim.

The plan was eventually approved by the Trump administration, but not until after Flynn had been fired.

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