‘I think he’s very brave’: President Trump reacts to news of Mueller probe
The White House on Tuesday condemned the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller as special counsel in the probe into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, saying it was not a reflection of the President’s values.
“As the President has said many times, I do not agree with the decision of the special counsel, and I do have confidence in the independent investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and the Department’s independent counsel,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
“The President is confident that the investigation will provide the answers that the American people deserve.
The White the President also accused the Democratic leaders of “trying to distract from” the ongoing investigation. “
He has also called for a thorough, transparent and independent inquiry by Congress, as he has previously requested, as well as a full accounting of the events leading up to the President taking office and his response to Russia’s alleged interference.”
The White the President also accused the Democratic leaders of “trying to distract from” the ongoing investigation.
The Democrats, by their actions and in their words, trying to distract the American public from the fact that they did not like the outcome of the election, they did that.
They are trying to divert attention away from the investigation into their ties to Russia, they have no credibility, Sanders said.
The White house statement was a reaction to the news that Mueller was to lead the investigation, which is led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, and has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for being politically motivated.
Trump and Democrats have been feuding for months over whether Mueller’s investigation will uncover any evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.
Trump has said Mueller should stay off the Russia probe, while Democrats have said he should be prosecuted.
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing on Mueller’s appointment.
The panel’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Mueller was “an outstanding choice” for the job.
Grassley said Mueller’s career in the FBI and his extensive experience as special agent in charge of the investigation had earned him a great reputation.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to have a special counsel who has been in the field for over 30 years,” Grassley said.
“We need someone who has a thorough and fair investigation, who has integrity, who is objective and who is going to look at the facts and not try to spin it in any way.”
Republicans have said the appointment was premature because Mueller is not in charge, and Democrats and Republicans have criticized the move.
The special counsel’s appointment is subject to Senate approval, and it is not known if he will seek the Republican-led House of Representatives’ blessing to keep Mueller on the investigation.
On Tuesday, Democrats said Trump should not have waited to appoint Mueller after Comey said he planned to retire in the coming weeks.
The Justice Department said Comey told Congress last month he was resigning to avoid becoming the subject of a Senate probe.
Democrats said the timing was deliberate, as Trump sought to put an end to the investigation in a way that did not interfere with the election.
Democrats have also charged that Trump and Comey had a tense and combative relationship.