Trump blasts Russian Federation investigation as a 'witch hunt'

Wednesday's appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign drew a restrained initial response - followed by angry tweets - from Trump and cautious approval from Florida members of Congress.

Other presidents have faced similar investigations - at times raging behind the scenes - but none had a Twitter account that made their moments of self-pity and anger so public.

"Congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things Russian Federation has been severely limited, probably in an inappropriate fashion", said Graham, CNN reported.

But anyone hoping the appointment of a special counsel means the public will ultimately hear a full accounting of the investigation might be disappointed. For example, "I find it hard to subpoena records of somebody like [former National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn, who may be subject to a criminal investigation because he has a right not to incriminate himself", Graham explained.

"He came down here many times and said to me, 'You remember one thing: Take care of people first, and your people will take care of the Federal Bureau of Investigation mission, '" said Bernazzani.

Senator Klobuchar said stakes could not be higher. On Fox News, Sean Hannity warned Wednesday of a "destroy Trump alliance" that is now "aligning to take down President Trump".

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.

That's according to three Democratic senators who attended a closed briefing with Rosenstein on Thursday. "Clearly it wasn't last night, it's been a matter of a few days." he said.

Mueller's investigation is only to see if criminal wrongdoing occurred.

Now we're supposed to believe - again, with no hard evidence, this time from a New York Times report - that, one day after his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned on February 14, President Trump obstructed justice by asking Comey to find a way to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn's ties with the Russians. Those developments have driven up the scrutiny of the Department of Justice probe exponentially.

Trump plans to leave the country Friday for a nine-day trip that now promises to be even more fraught for the new president.

"He learned the president's decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale", Durbin said.

Asked if Mueller's appointment would preempt his own request for Comey information, the Iowa Republican replied, "I don't know". But Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill said Rosenstein "was very careful about not going into any details surrounding [Comey's] removal beause he wants to give Robert Mueller the opportunity to make his independent decision about where the investigation is going". Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers. "And the need for former Director Comey to come testify in public soon is as great as ever. Mueller can request additional resources, make his own calls about where to point the investigation, and in general can operate in some sense more autonomously than an ordinary United States attorney because of the designation 'special counsel.'" Mueller's next step will be to create a budget for the investigation's resources together to be approved by Rosenstein in 60 days. "Not completely, but pretty much", Graham said. And it's because he is apparently all too aware of how much senators talk to the media.

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