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Trump / "Witchhunt" / Special Counsel #1111045

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 2017
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(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(White House: Jonathan Karl) The reaction of President Trump to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election examined. [In response to Karl's question, TRUMP - says "the entire thing has been a "witchhunt" & there is no collusion with Russians.] What Trump said to David Muir about a special counsel quoted. [In response to reporter's question, TRUMP - says "no" to asking FBI director James Comey to back down on national security director Michael Flynn.] The issue of a Comey memo & Trump's denial discussed.

(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(Capitol Hill: Mary Bruce) The briefing to 100 senators from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein about the reasons for a special counsel examined. [Senators Dick DURBIN†, Lindsey GRAHAM, two MEN - comments on the special counsel issue.] [Earlier, TRUMP - says it was his decision to fire Comey.] [In press conference, TRUMP - criticizes Comey.] How Rosenstein is setting the record straight about the Comey memo discussed.

(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.

(FBI: Pierre Thomas) President Trump's move to picking a new FBI director with Senator Joe Lieberman the leading candidate & the role of former FBI director Robert Mueller† as special counsel with broad powers examined. [TRUMP - comments.] The status of the ongoing FBI investigation now that Mueller takes charge discussed.

Muir, David;
Karl, Jonathan;
Bruce, Mary;
Thomas, Pierre

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