President Trump sent out a series of tweets mostly aimed at democrats, suggesting that the probe into a suspected collusion with Russia was just a time-wasting witch hunt.
“When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?” Trump tweeted.
The tweet was in reference to the time that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had went live and said that there was “no evidence” of any kind of deals or collusions with the Russians.
“We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, ‘our,’ that’s NSA, FBI and CIA, with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians,’ Clapper said. ‘There was no evidence of that included in our report.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Asked Monday if his statement was still correct, Clapper testified Monday: ‘It is.’
Trump also continued his tactic of painting the investigation as being driven by Democrats he cast as sore losers, in an election defeated rival Hillary Clinton has said she lost in part through the actions of Comey’s FBI and Russian hacking.
‘Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election, Trump tweeted.
Trump’s efforts to muddy up the investigation contrast with other statements expressing a wish that it be able to go forward – although these statements in turn are contradicted by other White House statements trashing the inquiry.
‘As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly,’ Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, in the same interview where he also acknowledged that Russia was on his mind when he sacked Comey.
Trump denied ever asking Comey to stop the investigation. ‘In fact, I want the investigation speeded up,’ Trump said.
The president himself connected Russia to the firing when he said: ‘In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”
On Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the probe: ‘I think he would love nothing more for this investigation to continue to its completion.’
Asked if the president was ‘open minded’ about the investigation, she responded: ‘I think any time we have somebody interfering with our election, that would be considered a problem, and I think the President would certainly recognize that.’
‘We’d love for this to be completed. But we also want it to be completed with integrity,’ she said.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN Friday: ‘I think no one believes [the Comey firing] was about Hillary Clinton’s emails. I think it was all about the Russia case.’