Trump decries special prosecutor probing Russia links, claims witch hunt

Redacción Agencias | 5/19/2017, 7:26 a.m.
Trump decries special prosecutor probing Russia links, claims witch hunt
Trump despidió a Comey del FBI y la tormenta desatada aun no cesa | Foto Cortesía

President Donald Trump on Thursday called the naming of former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to head the investigation into his campaign's Russia links a "witch hunt."

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" said Trump on his Twitter account.

In another tweet on Thursday morning, the president added that "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!"

On Wednesday, in a statement released by the White House, Trump said that "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."

Trump had said in a speech on Wednesday that "no politician in history" had been treated worse or more unfairly than he has.

The US Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation of alleged Russian efforts to affect the 2016 election in favor of Trump.

Mueller, 72, is a Vietnam veteran and former US attorney who ran the FBI from 2001-2013.

The appointment was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who has authority over the Russia probe due to the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself because of his role in the Trump campaign.

"My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination," Rosenstein said in a statement.

"What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command," he said.

Democratic lawmakers for weeks have been calling for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to head the investigation, particularly since Trump abruptly fired former FBI chief James Comey last week in the middle of the agency's probe into Russia's involvement in the US elections and the Kremlin's links with the mogul's presidential campaign.

On Thursday, Rosenstein informed the Senate in a closed-door session about Trump's controversial decision to dump Comey.