Trump: Russia story is ‘FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!’

Just hours before FBI Director James Comey is set to testify to Congress about alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, President Trump on Monday morning again vociferously denied that he or his campaign had any involvement with Kremlin operatives in the run-up to the Nov. 8 vote.

Trump referenced recent statements made by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — an Obama administration pick — to back up his denial of any wrongdoing during his upset win over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” Trump tweeted.

He added: “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!”

Trump has steadfastly maintained he never worked with Russian agents and has no knowledge of anyone in his orbit doing so. An intelligence report produced in January found that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to influence the U.S. election in Trump’s favor.

Clapper earlier this month said there was “no evidence” of collusion between Trump and Russia, a position repeated Sunday by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee that Comey will testify before at 10 a.m. Monday.

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But Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member on the House Intelligence Committee, said “circumstantial” evidence existed.

“There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation,” Schiff said Sunday on “Meet The Press.”

But despite Schiff’s view — which is shared by many Democrats — Trump tweeted Monday that Congress should drop the Russia probe and focus on who has been leaking classified and politically damaging stories about his administration.

“The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!” he tweeted.

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  • DrArtaud

    The democrats are pushing America into destruction. I think part of the problem is that Trump is not quite Republican and not quite democrat. Had America not become so polarized into liberal and Conservative factions, Trump would be a natural. Republicans have become aligned with Wall Street, Oil Companies, Big Business, and globalism, and democrats with communism, environmental extremism, and associated industries. Trump’s leadership threatens both. The loss of cheap labor threatens Republican interests, the loss, or implicit loss of hand-out money threatens democrats.

    After repeatedly refusing to answer Republican questions, on going investigation don’t cha know, he became animated with speculation about Russian motivations when asked by democrats, his assumptions about purported Russian motivations for purported involvement in the election of 2016 he labeled as “logical”. But the point is, in fueling the democrat paranoia, he was all too willing to supply seemingly damaging material and all too willing to conceal possibly vindicating material. A politician from New York seemed to point that out, and he said, of one of the leaks, that only comey and four others knew about it. When pressed for details on why comey can’t figure out why of 5 people, including himself, who the leak was, comey said he can’t confirm the leak and therefore can’t confirm if one of those 5 leaked it. Overall, comey used the hillary defence, saying prosecution would be difficult even if they knew who leaked it, and seemed unconcerned about pursuing the leak.

    I have no respect for comey, he’s a pathological liar IMHO.