Trump declares ‘NO COLLUSION — RIGGED WITCH HUNT!’ in 1 am tweet
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE returned to two of his most common refrains in a 1 a.m. tweet Thursday, declaring “NO COLLUSION” and “RIGGED WITCH HUNT” in reference to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe.

The tweet followed the guilty plea by Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and a guilty verdict against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLegal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence MORE.

“NO COLLUSION — RIGGED WITCH HUNT,” the president tweeted at 1:10 a.m.

NO COLLUSION - RIGGED WITCH HUNT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
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The White House on Wednesday distanced Trump from both legal developments, as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly at her briefing maintained that the president had done nothing wrong.

Trump has often dismissed Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign by calling the probe a “rigged witch hunt” and saying there’s was “no collusion.”

Cohen plead guilty on Wednesday to campaign finance violations, saying he made payments to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump and that he did so to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has defended himself against Cohen’s guilty plea and Manafort’s conviction, attacking Cohen as a liar and saying he feels “very badly” for Manafort. He also argued on Twitter that the charges Cohen pleaded guilty to are “not a crime.”