Trump asks why Clintons' ties to Russia aren't under investigation

Trump asks why Clintons' ties to Russia aren't under investigation
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE wants to know why the House Intelligence Committee is not investigating the Clintons for various ties to Russia.

He also declared the "Trump Russia story" a "hoax."

“Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech ... money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset,’ praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!” Trump wrote in two tweets Monday night, using a hashtag for his campaign slogan, "Make American Great Again." 

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The messages come amid a news cycle focused on the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who is under fire for briefing Trump about classified material he reviewed last week without sharing the information with committee Democrats. 

The storm surrounding Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesVoters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (R-Calif.) intensified Monday after it was revealed that he secretly visited the White House grounds one day before announcing incidental surveillance of Trump’s transition team.

His visit raised questions about whether the White House could have been the source of the intelligence Nunes reviewed. 

Democratic lawmakers have now called on Nunes to recuse himself from the committee’s probe into Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Nunes’s communications director on Monday evening said the chairman would not step aside from the investigation.

The congressman has claimed that his findings had no relevance to the Russia probe, even as the committee examines the unmasking and leaking of surveillance information as part of that investigation.

Trump also tweeted about the far-right House Freedom Caucus snatching "defeat from the jaws of victory" — presumably a reference to the failure of the House to pass a bill last week repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

That echoed a Sunday tweet in which he said the Freedom Caucus, along with the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, had “saved” Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare.