I am victim of greatest witch hunt in American political history: Trump

Friday 19 May 2017 1 month ago 20   Washington   Print

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Report  Web desk : WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history and slapped down accusations he tried to quash a probe into collusion between his campaign team and Russia. Lashing out after a high-powered special counsel was appointed to investigate events around the 2016 election, Trump denied he ever plotted with the Kremlin to win the White House. "The entire thing has been a witch hunt," Trump said during a press conference in the East Room of the White House. "There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians -- zero." On Wednesday, an investigation into his campaign s ties with Moscow was significantly strengthened by the appointment of straight-shooting former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead it. Trump said he had "respect" for the move, but added: "I think it divides the country." Early in the day, a seething Trump took to Twitter to blast the appointment, which shook Washington and sent world stock markets tumbling. "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Trump wrote, his anger boiling over. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he said, without providing evidence for those claims. 02