Trump on Special Counsel: 'Single Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician in American History!'

By Melanie Arter | May 17, 2017 | 7:47 PM EDT

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller (Screenshot from Fox News video)

(CNSNews.com) - In two tweets Thursday morning, President Trump expressed his displeasure with the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed! This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

 

Compare those tweets with the statement issued by the White House in Trump's name Wednesday evening, after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel:

“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country,” Trump's statement said.

Fox News reports that the White House was informed of the DOJ’s decision to appoint a special counsel through the White House Counsel’s office just one hour before the decision went public.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement announcing Mueller’s appointment. "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.”

Mueller was appointed by former President George W. Bush and began is job as FBI director only one week before the 9/11 attacks.

Mueller has been given broad authority to investigate any alleged collusion between anyone from the Trump team and Russian officials and the power to prosecute any crimes that arise out of that investigation.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said he “strongly” supports the decision to name Mueller as special counsel, saying in a statement, “I commend Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rosenstein for his leadership.

“This is the right decision at the right time, and the right man was chosen for the job. Robert Mueller is a highly respected former FBI Director who has tremendous integrity, and I’m confident he will lead a credible investigation,” Nunes said.