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Trump Rails Against 'Witch Hunt' Amid Special Counsel Appointment

19 May 2017

Donald Trump has responded with a direct - if brief - "No". That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Sen.

Texas Republican Mike Conaway and California Democrat Adam Schiff say they will continue to work with the FBI as the investigation moves forward. It was not clear what caused the mix-up. "The investigation should follow the facts, wherever they may lead", he said.

Earlier this week, press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that there was "no need" for such an appointment, adding: "You have two Senate committees that are looking into this, [and] the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting their own review".

It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax".

The announcement, the latest in the shock-a-day Washington saga, was made a day ahead of Rosenstein's scheduled closed-door appearance Thursday afternoon before the Senate. The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel to over.

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"This was a very good first step".

"Mueller is exactly the right kind of individual for this job", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (Democrat). Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".

He went on to speak about "illegal acts" that took place during Hillary Clinton's campaign and throughout the Obama administration, noting that there was "never a special councel (sic) appointed".

But he expressed more resentment Thursday in his tweets.

The appointment of a special counsel comes as Trump is about to embark on his first overseas trip as president, heading to Saudi Arabia, Israel and The Vatican - and amid reports that the president has decided against moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at least for now. He gave no examples.

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The focus now turns to how Mueller will pick up the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and what it means for the White House.

He will have the power to subpoena and to prosecute and will not need the cooperation of ousted FBI Director James Comey or former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

"He was so respected during his time as FBI Director that President Obama asked Congress to allow Mr. Mueller to stay in office for an additional two years beyond the normal 10-year term limit", Lamborn said.

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".

USA stocks rallied back on Thursday after seeing their biggest drop in eight months the previous day on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.

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But Painter, who has joined a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, said the Justice Department is permitted to waive that requirement.