Mueller appointed special counsel to lead Russian Federation investigation

Trump deployed his characteristic social media bombast to take his unvarnished response directly to voters, elaborating on the staid written statement issued the night before that denied any collusion with Kremlin-linked officials.

The appointment of a special counsel comes as Trump is about to embark on his first overseas trip as president, heading to Saudi Arabia, Israel and The Vatican - and amid reports that the president has decided against moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at least for now.

In a tweet, Trump called the investigation "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" "Trump's used to CEO, owner, the board of directors, whatever, trump is used to getting his way when he says it. Washington doesn't work like that".

"That's the bottom line. folks don't see the Russian Federation investigation or Bob Mueller news as directly impacting their life", MSNBC Reporter Garrett Haake said about the voters.

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Comey was then fired by Trump as the investigation continued.

Democrats asserted that if Americans were to have faith in the impartiality of the Russian Federation investigation, then it must not be left in the hands of the FBI, which is meant to be an independent and non-political agency under the Justice Department.

Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said he was confident Mueller "will conduct a thorough and fair investigation".

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The decision was taken at the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The department also said that the order would cost Rs 70,000 crore, and that it would create 33,400 jobs.

Mueller was named special prosecutor by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein late Wednesday.

Once again, Trump's tweets on Thursday saw him stake out a radical departure from the official White House line on an important issue, a habit that has repeatedly undermined his press operation in recent days, and made it even more hard for his administration to move on from a string of self-imposed crises. Appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, he became Federal Bureau of Investigation director one week before the September 11, 2001, attacks. Taking to Twitter, Mr. Trump called it the greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.

Most Republicans did not join their Democratic colleagues in calling for a special prosecutor, preferring to keep their faith in the congressional and career FBI investigators.

The general feeling among Colorado lawmakers, however, was that Mueller's appointment was welcome and necessary.

Multiple news outlets reported Tuesday that prior to ousting Comey, Trump asked him to terminate an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The first question for Mueller will be whether the Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

In a pair of early morning tweets on Thursday shortly before 8 am, Mr Trump - without evidence - pointed to "the illegal acts" he claimed occurred during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and former President Barack Obama's administration, expressing anger that a special counsel had never been appointed to investigate his Democratic rivals.

The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.

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