Trump claims to be victim of 'greatest witch hunt'

She added that Rosenstein declined to provide details about Comey's dismissal because she said Rosenstein is anxious to give wide latitude to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who Rosenstein appointed as special counsel Wednesday to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 USA election. Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".

The Times reported Trump is likely going to select a personal lawyer to defend him against the accusations that he and his campaign allegedly colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election season.

Accusing the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration of indulging in illegal acts, Trump said, "There was never a special counsel appointed to oversee the acts of his Democrat predecessors".

Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, a Republican who served under the Bush administration and voted for Hillary Clinton, told Reuters, "It's rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power".

- The most important story about Robert Mueller comes from his time as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he stood up to the Bush administration and won.

"He's anxious to give wide latitude to Robert Mueller, to make a determination as to where his investigation should go, and what it should include" McCaskill said.

Russian Federation has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

James Comey once tried to blend in with a pair of White House curtains in the hope Donald Trump would not see him, it has been claimed.

Rosenstein, who is meeting with senators on Thursday to discuss Comey's firing, was harshly criticized by Democrats for what they perceived as bowing to Trump's will when he wrote the memo recommending the dismissal.

"This was a very good first step". Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) had asked that Rosenstein hold "a closed and if necessary classified all-senators briefing". And he's urged not only his supporters, but also the FBI, to focus more on the leaks about the investigation that have deepened questions about possible Russian Federation connections.

A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. He has become a central figure in the investigations going on in Congress.

Comey says the President asked him to drop any criminal investigation into former National Security Advisor General Flynn, but the White House denies it.

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says his panel has not received a response from Michael Flynn's lawyer - correcting his earlier statement that Flynn would not comply with a subpoena. After Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed the Senate, Graham said his colleagues seemed surprised by how much the appointment of the special counsel may limit the ability of senators to get access to information. It was not clear what caused the mix-up.

Vanessa Coleman