BREAKING: Trump BLASTS appointment of special counsel as “WITCH HUNT”

Robert Mueller

President Trump took to Twitter today to slam the announcement of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the presidential election.

In a series of tweets this morning, Trump dismissed the investigation seeking to find a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia. He even called the investigation a “witch hunt.” He also reminded America that no such steps were taken to look into the many misdeeds of the Clinton campaign.

Mueller is highly respected on both sides of the political aisle, and it is hoped he will bring a balanced, non-partisan approach to the investigation and end speculation once and for all.

President Trump, however, was less than enthusiastic at the news. He first tweeted “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

He followed that up with an observation about Clinton.

Fox News reports on the Mueller appointment.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday it has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into the probe of alleged Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.”

The appointment gives Mueller, who led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties, sweeping powers to investigate whether Trump campaign associates colluded with the Kremlin to influence the outcome in his behalf, as well as the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during the probe.

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

The broad mandate, beyond any specific Trump-Russia connection, also covers “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

Senior DOJ officials told Fox News the White House was informed of the decision for a special counsel after the order had been signed, through the White House Counsel’s office, about an hour before the decision went public.

“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,” President Trump said in a statement in reaction to the DOJ announcement. “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.”

The Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called the appointment a “great selection.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., praised the decision by the DOJ, calling it “a victory for all Americans.”

Mueller is the former FBI director  appointed by President George W. Bush who did a two year extension under President Obama beyond his 10-year fixed term before retiring in 2013.

He became FBI Director shortly before the  9/11 attacks, and was at the heart of turning the FBI into a counter terrorism and counter intelligence operation.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says the appointment of Mueller is a “good decision” that “assures the American people that there’s no undue influence” in the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election.

Burr, who heads the Senate investigation into the Russian activity and possible connections to associates of President Donald Trump, says his committee will “continue to proceed forward” and the panel’s job hasn’t changed.

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