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Trump lambasts Russia probe on its first anniversary

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US has slammed the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, calling it yet again a "witch hunt" on the first anniversary of the appointment of

"Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History... and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction," Trump said on Thursday on Twitter, news reported.

"The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money!" he added.

Trump said that Mueller's investigation, which is independent from the government, is part of a "witch hunt" by Democrats who still do not accept their defeat in the 2016 election and are trying to discredit his winning the presidency.

For months, rumours have abounded regarding Trump's potential firing of Mueller and Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation and was the one who named Mueller to head the probe a year ago.

On May 17, 2017, Rosenstein tasked Mueller with investigating any links between the and people connected with Trump's campaign.

Mueller took charge of the investigation after Trump fired then-FBI James Comey, who had refused to swear "loyalty" to the

Comey's abrupt firing created a political earthquake in and forced the to designate a to independently head the investigation free from any kind of government interference.

Mueller headed the FBI from 2001-2013 and was selected to act as due to his apparent neutrality, since he had worked under both the of and the Democratic one of Barack Obama



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 01:50 IST