20 May, 2017
On Wednesday, a special counsel was appointed by the Department of Justice to oversee the investigation.
"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he added later, without providing examples.
Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.
Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.
The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election. 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".
Mike Flynn, Donald Trump's fired national security adviser, told the president-elect's transition team that he was the subject of a federal investigation, but was hired for the post anyway, the New York Times reported late Wednesday. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner.
The White House initially sought to pin the decision to fire Comey on his handling of the FBI's investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMueller shouldn't forget to investigate Clinton's Russian Federation ties during Trump probe House Intel panel requests Comey memos Russian Federation tried to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts: report MORE's use of a private email server while secretary of State.
"The entire thing has been a witch hunt", he declared, echoing one of the tweets he'd sent out just after dawn: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
The White House has said that Flynn was dismissed for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a phone call with the Russian ambassador, during which he reportedly discussed ways of softening U.S. sanctions on Russia.
He offered new justifications for his decision Thursday, even while referring to the Rosenstein memo as "a very, very strong recommendation".
According to Schmidt's report, Trump short-circuited what Comey considered to be the proper channels and etiquette by requesting information as to when it would be officially acknowledged that the president himself was not personally under investigation.
Comey, who was sacked by Trump last week, detailed his conversation with the president in the memo immediately after the meeting, said the report.
But the committee's Thursday statement suggests that Mueller's appointment will do little to cool the demand on Capitol Hill for both the memos and a testimony from Comey about his dismissal.
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.
The president's tweets and comments to the TV anchors drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mueller, a longtime respected lawman who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, preceding Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.