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Trump denies telling Comey to back off, bashes former Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:02

He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

Trump then directed his ire at former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by the president last week.

A date has not been set for the public hearing.

This is the latest effort in a newly invigorated push from congressional Republicans to investigate the scandal-plagued White House. They said they expected "conduct more appropriate' from Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a key US ally".

"Some of them think it will pass, some are frustrated because they look like amateurs in responding to all of this, and some are freaked out because there is an actual investigation now", said one GOP operative in touch with White House officials. The White House has denied the report.

A handful of Republicans are beginning to voice calls for a special prosecutor - or at least an independent commission - to investigate Russia's election-year meddling and ties to the Trump.

The Kentucky Republican had said initially that investigations by the Senate intelligence panel and the FBI were sufficient.

"We need a great director of the FBI", Trump said.

In a short statement, Mueller says, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability".

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" Spokespeople declined to comment further.

The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation. Comey reportedly wrote in a memo about a meeting with Trump that the president said to Comey of the Flynn investigation, "I hope you can let this go".

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Mr Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. In an interview days after firing Comey, Trump said that he was thinking of the Russian Federation probe as he chose to do it.

And I thought that was was something that was awful, ' said Trump.

You'd be forgiven if you only vaguely remembered that, because it was so long ago - Monday, a lifetime in Trump-era news terms.

Comey has been in high demand in the two weeks since Trump abruptly fired him, reportedly for pursuing an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

She adds that "a special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last". And he prepared for meetings with Trump meticulously, concerned that the businessman president who has no previous political experience in Washington or with the law would push against legal and ethical guardrails. I actually thought when I made that decision, and I also got a very, very strong recommendation as you know from the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, when I made that decision I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision'. "And even, you could say, directly or indirectly, with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign".