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Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment For Russia Investigation Shows Country Is “Divided”

President Donald Trump commented in a speech late this week that the appointment of ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation into Russia’s hacking of the election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country."

"I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country," Trump remarked to television news anchors at a luncheon at the White House Thursday.

Trump said: "We have very important things to be doing right now – whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear – all of the things that we discussed today. I think this shows a very divided country."

Trump's statement about Mueller's appointment was read in a live broadcast on CNN.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer also noted Trump said the appointment of Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats, having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way. That's all this is.”

"I think it shows division," Trump continued. "It shows that we're not together as a country – and I think it's a very, very negative thing. Hopefully, this can go quickly because we have to show unity if we're going to do great things with respect to the rest of the world."

Rosenstein named Mueller, who served as FBI director during the 9/11 attacks, as special counsel on Wednesday because of the controversy related to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey last week.

Mueller noted in a statement: "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability."

Trump also criticized the appointment of Mueller on Thursday on Twitter as "the single greatest witch-hunt of a politician in American history."

When the president was asked whether he had asked Comey to end his investigation of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn the day after he fired him in February for his Russian contacts, Trump answered, "No, No, Next question."

Trump also pooh-poohed the claim any of his actions since taking office could be impeachable offenses.

"I think it is totally ridiculous," he commented. "Everybody thinks so.
He continued: "I can only tell you, there was no collusion – and everybody, even my enemies have said there is no collusion."

Note that Mueller is known as a person of great integrity, and his selection as special counsel was praised by senior Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Source: NewsMax /a>
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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