Trump tweets 'Russian Collusion Hoax is dead' as Bannon set to testify

Trump tweets 'Russian Collusion Hoax is dead' as Bannon set to testify
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE declared Tuesday that allegations that his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election were "dead" as his former chief strategist was set to testify before a House panel on the matter.

"Do you notice the Fake News Mainstream Media never likes covering the great and record setting economic news, but rather talks about anything negative or that can be turned into the negative," Trump tweeted. "The Russian Collusion Hoax is dead, except as it pertains to the Dems. Public gets it!"


Trump has repeatedly denied the notion that his campaign coordinated with the Russians to influence the 2016 race and has accused Democrats of improper collusion with the FBI.

His latest comments came as former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon was set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

Bannon, who was once one of Trump's closest advisers, fell out of the president's graces this month after his comments in a controversial tell-all book about the Trump White House were revealed.

That book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff, quotes Bannon calling a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump tweets raise questions about why Manafort jury isn't sequestered Giuliani: Trump Tower meeting was 'originally for the purpose of getting information about Clinton' Bannon: If Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting ‘you have to question it’ MORE and a Russian lawyer "treasonous."

Following the publication of the remarks, Bannon was ousted from his job as the executive chair of Breitbart News.

Russian interference in the election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow is also the subject of a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE. So far, that probe has led to the indictments of two former Trump campaign associates, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHillicon Valley: Trump goes after Twitter, Facebook | House Dems call for Sinclair probe | Apple removes China gambling apps | Cryptocurrencies form self-regulatory group Trump faces mounting legal pressure on three fronts GOP candidate jokes: 'The Russians are going to help me' win in November MORE and Richard Gates, who are facing charges, including money laundering, tax evasion and failing to register as foreign agents.

Two other former campaign officials, Michael Flynn, the president's first national security adviser, and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Hill.TV poll: 41 percent of Americans want Mueller to wrap up probe before midterms Papadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report MORE, have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian representatives.