Trump complains of 'witch hunt' Russian Federation probe in paranoid tweets

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It will be important to focus on exactly what was said, added David B. Rivkin, a Washington lawyer who served as a White House lawyer under President George H.W. Bush.

Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to Washington, issued a similar statement, saying: "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump".

On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be the special counsel.

And third, the president's lawyers could argue the Constitution gives the president very broad powers over investigations and prosecutions. "It's also important that this does not impact the ongoing investigation into Russian Federation". "But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else". Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment". For example, Kenneth Starr, who investigated former president Bill Clinton, probed allegations surrounding his past real estate deals but later expanded the inquiry into Clinton's relations with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, leading to an impeachment of Clinton by the House.

The New York Times report, which was based on an interview with current and former American officials "familiar with how the United States obtained the information", said the Israelis had previously urged the U.S. to be careful about the handling of intelligence that Trump discussed.

But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

"I don't know that a special counsel is warranted at this point", Chaffetz said. We are now getting closer and closer to the principals, the names that you read in the paper and I am confident that we will do a good job. "Things will work out just fine".

· The President fired the F.B.I.

On Monday, Trump reportedly relayed highly classified information from a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria during his meeting with senior Russian officials in the Oval Office last week.

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Putin said he was pleased with Lavrov's visit to the USA capital last week but mocked the idea that Trump had shared secrets during the meeting on May 10, calling the allegations "political schizophrenia" and saying people spreading them are either "dumb" or "corrupt".

"And if there are transcripts, we need those transcripts as well".

Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, went further.

It's true that the President is different from other people.

"I'm sure we're going to go on to hear from Mr Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time? So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

Nevertheless, Trump chose to go ahead with plans to make Flynn his national security adviser, giving him access to highly classified intelligence and making him privy to most of the president's interactions with foreign leaders.

And they deny the president making the request of Comey about Flynn during a meeting in February.

Hours after a news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime.

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