President Trump early Monday slammed the idea that his White House campaign colluded with Russia in a flurry of tweets sent hours before FBI Director James Comey appears before a House panel investigating Moscow's influence in November's election.
Trump said Democrats “pushed the Russian story” to cover up for Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFormer DNC chair: Russian election hacking an ‘act of war’ Chelsea Clinton dismisses rumors she'll run for public office: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE's poorly run presidential campaign.
James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Trump also said there is no evidence to suggest he worked with Russia.
The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
The president instead tried to direct the spotlight on finding individuals who are leaking classified information.
The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Later in the morning, he focused on Clinton's campaign.
"What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?" he asked in a tweet. "Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?"
What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Republicans and Democrats alike have called for investigations into Russian meddling after hacked emails from Democratic organizations and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, were published by WikiLeaks.
The demands for an investigation became louder after reports of connections between Trump campaign aides and Russian diplomats came to light.
This report was updated at 10:00 a.m.