A Democratic senator on Thursday disputed President Trump’s claim that the Russia probe was the “single greatest witch hunt” in American history, arguing the Salem witch trials of the 17th century were worse.

“I have family ancestors from the Boston area and I think the Salem witch hunt has to be the greatest witch hunt in American history,” Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Overnight Defense: More Trump drama over Russia | Appeals court rules against Trump on transgender ban | Boeing wins Air Force One contract | Military parade to reportedly cost M Senate resolution backs intelligence community on Russian meddling MORE (D-Del.) told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Coons’s comment came hours after Trump called the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between his campaign staff and Russia the “single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history.”

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“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Trump wrote, adding a hashtag for his "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Coons in the television appearance argued that it will be difficult for Trump to “change the subject” from the FBI’s Russia investigation because special counsel Robert Mueller has bipartisan support.

“One of the things that President Trump is going to run into here as he tries to change the subject is the fact that Bob Mueller commands very wide bipartisan support here in the senate and in Washington generally,” Coons said.

The Democratic senator noted that Mueller, who led the FBI under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage MORE, was “one of the most respected federal law enforcement leaders.” 

“And although he may try to change the subject to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE and the investigation into her emails during last year’s campaign, the fact that there is a significant investigation moving forward lead by former FBI Director Mueller, is what I would encourage the president to focus on,” Coons said. 

Trump on Thursday afternoon also questioned why former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was not the subject of Russia-related investigations.