Trump decries ‘single greatest witch hunt’ in U.S. history
President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday over his Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, calling it “the single greatest witch hunt” in U.S. history.
Trump’s Twitter comments stood in contrast to his measured statement on Wednesday night after former FBI chief Robert Mueller was named as special counsel, in which he said “a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought questions over Russia’s alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign to a boil.
They included Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, reports that Trump had previously pressured Comey to end a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Trump discussing sensitive information on Islamic State with the Russian foreign minister.
In two Twitter postings, the Republican president made clear his unhappiness with the latest development to roil his four-month-old administration.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!” Trump wrote, misspelling the word counsel as he referred to Democratic former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.