President Trump has just issued the following statement in response to the news that former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed as Special Counsel in an investigation looking into his campaign's alleged collusion with Russia intended to throw the 2016 campaign. Taken at face value, it seems to confirm what the administration has said several times, namely that, like many of us, the White House is eager to proceed with, and conclude, an investigation as quickly as possible.
"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 issue that matter most to the future of our country."
NEW! Statement from President Donald J. Trump pic.twitter.com/DTEy8ILKGF— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 17, 2017
Per our earlier post, in an effort to avoid any conflicts, the Department of Justice has confirmed that the White House was only informed of Acting Attorney General Rosenstein's decision to appoint a Special Counsel in the Russia probe after the order was already signed.
Of course, we're all waiting with bated breath to see whether Trump will offer any other, less-scripted thoughts via Twitter.
Courtesy of Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, here is a full breakdown of today's sequence of events:
TICK-TOCK on how Trump team took the news that special counsel had been named to lead FBI's Trump-Russia investigation. pic.twitter.com/mMK8uhkHDZ— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 18, 2017