Trump Says He's Victim of Witch Hunt, Denies Pressuring FBI Chief

After critics had already accused the president of firing Comey in order to halt the federal investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, a new report surfaced that Comey wrote a memo before his firing saying that Trump had specifically requested that the FBI chief end his investigation into Michael Flynn, a member of the Trump campaign and later the national security adviser. "I can only speak for myself and the Russians". "I think it divides the country", he said.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he said, without providing evidence for those claims.

Trump lamented that the controversies swirling around the White House were damaging national unity.

Durbin and other Democrats complained, however, that Rosenstein refused to answer many of their questions and did so by citing the seriousness of the investigation.

During a joint appearance with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump called the federal investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian officials who interfered in the US election "ridiculous" and made a point of noting he got a "very very strong recommendation" from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding Comey's termination.

"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. Trump was not pleased with the news.

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The Twitter messages were a departure from the more measured tone of a formal statement issued Wednesday night by the White House.

The Daily Beast reported last week that White House attorneys "repeatedly" warned Trump about continuing to communicate with Flynn.

"That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn's lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported". "Trump lies about things we can see".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel will raise the intensity of the investigation and make it less vulnerable to political interference. "What if it doesn't come in 2018, especially since midterm elections are approaching?"

Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI's investigation in Flynn's favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity-a scenario some of Trump's closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen...

Trump is clearly hoping to change the negative news flow when he heads off this weekend for a nine-day foreign trip where he will meet with dozens of Muslim heads of state, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians, Pope Francis, and leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries and the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

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