The mechanics of the Trump-Russia special counsel

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President Trump on Thursday decried the naming of a special counsel to probe his campaign's alleged ties to Russia's election meddling as the "single greatest witch hunt" in American political history.

But Trump is insisting that Mueller - who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - won't find anything.

President Donald Trump on Thursday decried the appointment of a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation probe as "the single greatest witch hunt" in US history on Thursday, hours after he said he looked forward to a thorough investigation. Rosenstein said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome". "Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the Public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly". Trump, speaking at a Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony, made the statement as he faced harsh criticism following reports that he had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. That structure was created to insulate investigators from White House interference, a direct response to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre", in which the president instructed his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

In a statement, Trump said he looked forward to a quick resolution of the matter adding an investigation will confirm that "there was no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"The tweets stand in stark contrast to the measured reaction issued Wednesday evening by the White House press office".

"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", the president said in a statement. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

Congress in 1978 passed a law in the wake of Watergate that allowed the appointment of "independent counsel" by a three-judge panel of a Washington, D.C. appeals court at the request of the attorney general, but the law had five-year sunset provisions and was ultimately allowed to expire in 1999, according to the Congressional Research Service.

"I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability", Mueller said in a statement.

The White House has long insisted there is no need for a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation inquiry. There have been allegations that Trump disclosed classified information to senior Russian officials in a meeting at the White House.

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The firm represents Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who have taken on White House jobs.

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah called Mueller a "great selection".

The Justice Department made the announcement in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill.

McCabe had other matters on his mind, too. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov.

Trump is leaving 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.

His advice to the president: "Stay disciplined, stay focused and deliver on the world stage".

Shortly thereafter Burr reversed himself in a statement saying Flynn's attorneys "have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", and he would welcome "their willingness to cooperate". Turkey has long opposed US forces working with Kurdish forces.

The plan was eventually approved by the Trump administration, but not until after Flynn had been fired.

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