Fox's Shep Smith fact-checks Trump on-air after Russia comments

Fox News’s Shep Smith on Wednesday fact-checked President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE after the president again claimed during a news conference that the Russia investigation is a “Democratic hoax.”

“The president again calling the Russia investigation a ‘Democratic hoax’,” Smith said. “It is not. Fox News has been reporting and will continue to report that two people have pleaded guilty.”

He noted that former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFree Roger Stone A tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE have both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russians.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFree Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case MORE and his associate Richard Gates have also been charged with multiple counts in the investigation.

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At a news conference earlier Wednesday, Trump repeated his claims that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia. He said that it is “unlikely” he will be called to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE despite widespread speculation that Mueller is gearing up to interview Trump in coming weeks.

"There was absolutely no collusion, everybody knows it. I've been in office for 11 months, for 11 months they've had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government," Trump said.

"It is a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election that frankly the Democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the Electoral College," he continued.

Smith has hit Trump before for “inaccurate” claims related to the Russia investigation, saying in December that Flynn’s guilty plea undermines Trump’s claim that the Russia probe is “fake news.”