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Trump: There was no collusion and is no obstruction of justice

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President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia while saying talks of obstruction of justice charges are a “setup & trap.”

In a tweet, the president said accusations that members of his campaign were in contact with Russia are a “hoax,” while adding that there was “no Obstruction of Justice” when he fired former FBI Director James Comey last year.


“There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!” the president writes.

Trump has reached out on Twitter numerous times in recent months in an effort to quell accusations of both collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. His tweets come despite special counsel Robert Mueller’s continuing investigation into both areas. 

Last year, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt that the Russia investigation was a factor in Comey’s firing.

A list of questions Mueller reportedly wants to ask Trump was leaked to The New York Times earlier this week. The list indicates that Mueller’s team is still interested in Comey’s firing and any potential obstruction of justice by the president.

Other questions leaked to the Times reference reports about Trump’s desire to fire Mueller in an attempt to have the probe shut down.

“What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?” one question states, according to the Times.

The White House refused to answer questions Tuesday when asked about the leak of the special counsel’s questions to the Times.

The president said in March that he would welcome a sit-down with the special counsel for an interview, telling reporters at the White House that he “would like to” speak with Mueller before the investigation ends.

That sentiment reportedly soured after the raid of the offices and home of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud.

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