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Trump blasts Russia probe as 'witch hunt'

It’s a ‘very negative thing’ for country, president says

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Photographs by AP/ANDREW HARNIK

President Donald Trump, followed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, arrives for their joint news conference Thursday at the White House. Trump, who makes his ÿrst overseas trip today to Saudi Arabia, called the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation of possible Russian meddling in last year’s election “a very, very negative thing.”

President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's possible ties with Russia, repeatedly calling it a "witch hunt" that "hurts our country terribly."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington for a closed meeting with senators a day after appointing former...

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