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Donald Trump Blasts Russia Probe, Misspells 'Counsel' (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

President Donald Trump slammed the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election, calling the probe a "witch hunt" and misspelling the word "counsel."

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" the president wrote on May 18.

Hours later he added: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama administration, there was never a special councel appointed!"

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Trump has since revised the tweet to reflect the proper spelling of the word "counsel."

On May 17, the Department of Justice announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will superintend an independent probe into Russia's influence on the 2016 election, according to Politico. The investigation will also seek to determine whether there was any collusion between Russian officials and Trump's campaign personnel.

The move comes on the heels of Trump's controversial decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, whom the president described as a showoff.

"Look, he's a showboat, he's a grandstander," Trump told NBC News on May 11, two days after Comey was fired. "You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that."

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"I just want somebody that's competent," he added. "I am a big fan of the FBI, I love the FBI."

Days later, the White House came under fire again after The Washington Post reported that Trump had shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during Lavrov's visit to the Oval Office.

Things went from bad to worse for Trump when a New York Times report alleged that he had attempted to persuade Comey to abandon the FBI's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The White House denies the accusation.

Before sending out his latest tweets, Trump issued a more measured statement in response to Mueller's appointment as special counsel.

"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," the president's statement said. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country."

As CNN notes, Mueller will now have the power to subpoena documents and interview the president as he moves forward with the investigation.

Trump has repeatedly asserted that he is the target of an unfair witch hunt and recently said he is the most poorly treated politician ever.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly," he said during a speech to United States Coast Guard Academy on May 17.

Sources: Politico, NBC News, CNN / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr, Donald Trump/Twitter via Daily Mail

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