Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever

Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever

The House intelligence committee is asking for more government documents - this time about the ouster of FBI Director Jim Comey and conversations he had with President Donald Trump about investigations into Russian meddling in the election. "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to former Democratic President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

This was different than the version of events he told NBC News' Lester Holt last week. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.

Texas Republican Mike Conaway and California Democrat Adam Schiff say they will continue to work with the FBI as the investigation moves forward.

The President made his displeasure known in a Thursday morning tweet, calling the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt". On Wednesday, the president reportedly interviewed four candidates for Comey's former position at the White House.

"He will need an outside team for this", a Republican close to the White House said.

A self-described friend of Comey's wrote in a public blog post on Thursday that Comey had told him that he had rebuffed a Trump request for loyalty by promising only honesty.

"And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team".

President Donald Trump lashed out again Thursday at the ongoing inquiries into his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, counteracting an earlier, more measured response from the White House.

Trump last week fired ex-FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was investigating the president's campaign, and reports since then have raised questions about whether he had tried to influence the investigation.

While Trump tweeted and voiced his indignation at the White House, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed an independent special counsel to lead a heightened federal Trump-Russia investigation the day before, briefed the entire Senate behind closed doors at the Capitol.

He said he respected the special counsel appointment but also said it "hurts our country terribly".

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