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Trump has publicly criticized Russia probe more than 1,100 times: NY Times

President Trump has publicly criticized the investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia - as well as dozens of related individuals and groups - more than 1,100 times since his inauguration, according to a new analysis.

The New York Times reported the latest tally Tuesday, noting that the president has rebuked dozens of groups and individuals connected with the federal and congressional probes over the past two years.

Trump has repeatedly slammed special counsel Robert Mueller's federal probe as a "witch hunt" and pushed back at other inquiries surrounding his campaign's possible ties to Russia. The Times counted the criticisms from Trump's Twitter page, official speeches, rallies and media interviews as well as press events.

The newspaper also included in its tally Trump's attacks on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign since he took office. The newspaper noted that Trump has asserted Russia meddling was fabricated "as an excuse by the Democrats as to why Crooked Hillary Clinton" lost the election. 

Trump has criticized Mueller's investigation 361 times, Clinton and her campaign 295 times, former FBI Director James Comey 148 times and the FBI, Justice Department and intelligence agencies 277 times, according to the tally. He also ripped the media over reports related to the probes 151 times.

Trump criticized some aspect of the probes on 330 days, or more than 43 percent of his time in the White House as of Feb. 14.

The tally also found that Trump has defended Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia 61 times - defending Putin more than any other person entangled in the investigations thus far.

He's also defended longtime associate Roger Stone, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr., his eldest son. 

Trump's handling of the investigations, such as him reportedly pressuring Comey to drop an investigation into Flynn or his firing of the former FBI director, has led Mueller to expand his probe into investigating possible obstruction of justice.

Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing, saying his campaign never colluded with Moscow and rejecting claims he improperly interfered with any investigation.

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