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witch hunt

An attempt to blame and punish people who hold unpopular views and opinions, often under the guise of some other investigation. The ruling party's witch hunt against its detractors sparked a civil war.
See also: hunt, witch

witch hunt

a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views.
The expression was inspired by the persecution in former times of people believed to be witches, often culminating in execution by burning.
See also: hunt, witch
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According to The Hill, Mueller, before the House Judiciary Committee, said, "It is not a witch hunt," after he was asked by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff if Trump's repeated statements about the special counsel investigation were accurate.
"To her, this is open malice, a witch hunt and a well-calculated move to unlawfully remove her from office," Mbuvi said.
"But the entire thing has been a witch hunt. And there is no collusion between, certainly, myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians.
"We give what we give honestly, but sometimes we feel there is a vendetta and a witch hunt to slur your name in public," said Crangle (inset).
This government has spent most of their time on a witch hunt. Our only request is that they fulfill the needs of the people," he said.
Despite his confession of the existence of a witch hunt, the governor argued that they are only targeting those who commit crimes and act outside of the law.
FORMER FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has dismissed the latest allegations against him as "foolishness" and insists there is a witch hunt against Qatar.
The party included apple bobbing, a witch hunt in the woods and plenty of other party games.
Noteworthy exceptions are the decisions of Austrian Habsburg authorities to stop killing Anabaptists after 1560 and not to undertake a witch hunt; and, more important, the decision of the Dutch Republic to permit a religious diversity that included Mennonites and not to tolerate witch persecution.
'He has no intention of engaging in a witch hunt against people who acted honourably and in good faith in very difficult circumstances.'
Jake Molloy, of the OILC offshore union, said: "This stinks of a witch hunt. I find the whole thing unacceptable.
"This resembles more of a witch hunt than a serious proposal from a politician," NSU leader Jorn Henriksen was quoted as saying.
"There is not going to be a witch hunt. The matter concerns a very small number of groups who have very small memberships, " he said.
In other news about TVC, the organization has apparently decided to launch a witch hunt -- literally.
2 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday rejected the opposition Congress Party's claim of the government carrying out a witch hunt by ordering the Income Tax (IT) department to raid Karnataka's Minister for Energy D.K.