On Saturday, President Donald Trump insisted in a tweet that the Russian collusion was a “total hoax.”
“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability,” Trump opined.
Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Then, when asked about his tweet during a press conference on Saturday, Trump doubled down and insisted that while he was not under investigation, Hillary Clinton may be.
“Just so you understand, there’s been no collusion. There’s been no crime. And in theory, everybody tells me I’m not under investigation. Maybe Hillary is, I don’t know, but I’m not,” the president said, not clarifying who ‘everybody’ is.
Trump was referring to reports that the Clinton Foundation was being investigated.
Clinton’s spokesman has called the investigation a sham.
“Let’s call this what it is: a sham,” Nick Merrill said. “This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a now long-debunked project spearheaded by [former White House strategist Stephen] Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions doing Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently.”
Trump, without citing any evidence: "There has been no collusion between us and the Russians. Now, there has been collusion between Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and the Russians. Unfortunately, you people don't cover that very much." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/nRt8iwoGlN
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2018