19 May, 2017
The president reportedly lashed out at his own staff in recent weeks over their last-ditch efforts to provide clarity to reporters asking about his tweets, his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, his repeated blunders and his failed executive orders.
The White House on May 9 sacked FBI Director James Comey.
"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians - zero".
The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.
Trump said he had "respect" for the move, but added: "I think it divides the country".
Early in the day, a seething Trump took to Twitter to blast the appointment, which shook Washington and sent world stock markets tumbling. Trump wrote, his anger boiling over.
The pressure on congressional Republicans to step up their oversight of the Trump administration intensified this week when the "Washington Post" on Monday reported that the president shared classified information related to the Isil with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.
Collins, along with Maine's other senator, independent Angus King, sits on the senate intelligence committee, which is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and contacts and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that "no politician in history" has been treated worse. In addition, Comey wrote a memo detailing Trump's comments to him in February saying "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe, a source who saw the memo said on Tuesday.
"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. "I'd think he'd be a good choice", Graham said.
The White House has denied the allegations of obstruction of justice. "One is, when you're put in this situation, you want to make a record, so if the other side ever tells their story, you can pretty clearly demonstrate with contemporaneous records that you acted appropriately", Miller said.
Cutting across party lines, top American lawmakers welcomed the Mueller's for the investigation.
He appeared to change his justification for the decision, pointing to a critical memo on Comey's performance by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.
Fighting back against multiple crises has consumed much of the political oxygen inside the White House, leaving Trump's agenda in doubt.
Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.
"It's always nice to have less drama", he said. "That doesn't stop us from doing our jobs to work on people's problems".
Some of Trump's Republican allies, like Congressman Jason Amash, have begun cautiously suggesting impeachment is no longer impossible.
"I think the shot to the body is it's now considered a criminal investigation, and Congress' ability to conduct investigations into all things Russian Federation has been severely limited", Sen.
A Gallup tracking poll put Trump's approval rating at a historically low 38 percent, even before the latest wave of scandals.