President Donald Trump criticized the move of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) appointment of a special counsel to investigate a possible collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
In a message posted on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) on Thursday, Trump called the DOJ’s action “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician” in the history of the United States.
The President also stated in another tweet, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!”
Trump tweets contradict White House statements
Trump’s pair of tweets regarding the special counsel on Russia probe blatantly contradicts his statement released by the White House on Wednesday.
His statement reads, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”
This is not the first time Trump’s tweets contradicted his statements prepared by the White House.=
Last week, the President fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the agency’s investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russians. The White House issued a statement explaining that his decision to dismiss Comey was based on the recommendations of the Justice Department.
In an interview with Lester Hold of NBC, two days after firing Comey, Trump said he was going to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation and was thinking of the “Russia thing.” He also called the former FBI chief as a “showboat” and a “grandstander.”
Trump’s decision to fire Comey raised concerns that he may be trying to obstruct justice, which is an impeachable offense. He ignited his critics’ concerns when he threatened Comey against talking to media in a tweet, indicating that there might be tapes of their conversations.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller appointed special counsel
The Justice Department’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller III as special counsel to supervise the investigation on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and its links to Trump’s campaign and associates including his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller was a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He retired from the agency after 12 years of service under the administration of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. His reputation is
unblemished and known as independent and non-political, and strong-minded investigator—respected by both Democrats and Republicans.
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein explained that his decision to appoint a special counsel was “not the finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecutions is warrant.” He made it clear, “I have made no such determination” and “a special counsel is necessary” so that the American people will have full confidence in the results of the investigation.
In response to his appointment, Mueller issued a statement saying, “I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best if my ability.”
Lawmakers from both Democratic and Republican Party were pleased with the DOJ’s move and praised Mueller.
Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, said, A special counsel is very much needed in this situation and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has done the right thing.”
On the other hand, Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte expressed confidence that Mueller will “conduct a thorough and fair investigation.”
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