- Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel Wednesday
- "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Trump said
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump warned that the special counsel investigation into alleged links between his 2016 campaign and Russia's election hacking "hurts our country" after earlier branding the probe the "single greatest witch hunt" in political history.
With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017
Departure from White House stance
CNN's Ted Barrett, Eugene Scott and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.