Trump: 'Zero proof' of Russian collusion, so now 'they go for obstruction of justice'

Trump: 'Zero proof' of Russian collusion, so now 'they go for obstruction of justice'
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President Trump early Thursday pushed back on a report that the special counsel leading the Russia probe is now looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice," Trump tweeted Thursday.

The president has in the past decried the investigation into the Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race and pushed backed against reports of collusion.

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On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported the special counsel named to investigate the Russian election meddling is looking into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.

The Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia probe shortly after Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump claimed — and Comey later affirmed — that Comey assured him he was not personally under FBI investigation. But investigators began probing Trump for obstruction of justice soon after Comey’s termination.

After Comey's testimony last week, further questions were raised about whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

The Thursday morning tweet was Trump's first about the investigation since the shooting Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was critically injured.

Trump after the shooting called for unity in a statement delivered at the White House. 

“We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country,” Trump said.

“We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace and we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good."