Trump Says He Didn't Ask Comey To Drop The Russia Investigation

Trump Says He Didn't Ask Comey To Drop The Russia Investigation

Trump tweeted early Thursday that he was the victim of a "witch hunt" and expressed anger that a special counsel hadn't ever been appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton or former president Barack Obama for their "illegal acts".

The language reveals much about how Trump and his backers are explaining the seemingly never-ending blitz of bad news rocking the White House. "But any investigation must include possible obstruction of justice by POTUS". They have no problem slamming him.

All administrations have to deal with leaks, from the release of the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam policy to Edward Snowden's dump of national security files. But the scope and frequency experienced by the Trump White House is remarkable.

"People have to understand that now that we've handed it off to a special counsel that that's where most of the questions are going to have to be directed", said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican.

"I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country", Trump said in an on-the-record statement.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

In particular, Mr Trump referenced Mr Comey's "poor performance" at a Senate committee hearing the previous week, noting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been forced to adjust the record.

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics.

Trump's own timeline and rationale for firing Comey has repeatedly been amended by his administration. "I think at this point, we are 24-hours into him shifting the responsibility to Muller, and he is very comfortable allowing Mueller to take the investigation as far, as deep and as wide as necessary to discern all the information to draw a conclusion". "Leaks are a real problem", he said.

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But Trump's problems do not end on the home front.

A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop. "They would be seen as evidence".

"Somebody is selectively leaking information and facts".

A lengthy probe could "really paralyze Donald Trump's agenda as long as his staff is consumed by this investigation and as long as Bob Mueller is out there toiling away", Graff added. "It's because they're trying to least it appears as though somebody is trying to create a narrative or a problem".

In many cases, Trump aides have leaked gossip to cement their public standings or tried to communicate with the president through news stories, which he devours.

In the 1990s, Democrats complained that independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton, overstepped his authority.

Zeidenberg was the assistant special counsel in the 2003 investigation into the leaking of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame, which ultimately lead to Vice President Dick Cheney's advisor Scooter Libby being convicted of obstruction of justice, among other counts. But they're not the first to rail against leaks and leakers - or try to root them out.

"My takeaway is everything he said is you have to treat this as if it's a criminal investigation", Graham said.

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