Trump regurgitates Fox News commentators in early morning tweet storm denying collusion with Russia

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  • In an early morning tweetstorm, President Donald Trump quoted three legal experts on his preferred network, Fox News, to support his denial of collusion with Russia.
  • “WITCH HUNT!” Trump concluded of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

In a set of early morning tweets, President Donald Trump quoted three legal experts on his preferred network, Fox News, to support his denial of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and his argument that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should instead face a criminal investigation.

In his first tweet, the president quoted conservative former New Jersey state court judge Andrew Napolitano calling for a new Justice Department investigation into Clinton’s “criminality.”

“‘He’s got a very good point. Somebody in the Justice Department has a treasure trove of evidence of Mrs. Clinton’s criminality at her own hands, or through others, that ought to be investigated. I fully agree with the President on that,'” Trump quoted Napolitano as saying on Fox host Martha MacCallum’s Monday evening show.

In a second tweet, Trump quoted George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley telling Fox that he is “sceptical” of any claims that the campaign worked with Russia or attempted to obstruct an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the election.

“‘I’ve been sceptical about the collusion and obstruction claims for the last year. I just don’t see the evidence….in terms of the collusion, it’s all a bit implausible based on the evidence we have.’ Jonathan Turley on @FoxNews,” Trump wrote.

The president next quoted Clinton-era independent counsel Kenneth Starr arguing that the public has not yet seen any evidence of collusion and that Trump has so far acted within his authority as president.

“‘We’ve seen NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION….I have seen nothing, the firing of James Comey and all of the aftermath, that suggests that the President has obstructed justice because he’s exercising his power as the President of the U.S. I just don’t see it.’ Judge Ken Starr,” Trump wrote, quoting Starr on “Fox & Friends.”

In his final tweet, the president repeated his favourite characterization of the special counsel investigation, simply writing, “WITCH HUNT!”

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