- President Donald Trump railed against the Russia investigation on Sunday and asked why Hillary Clinton wasn’t being investigated.
- Trump’s tweets came shortly after it emerged that special counsel Robert Mueller had filed the first charges in his investigation.
- Trump urged Republicans to “DO SOMETHING” as the probe heats up.
President Donald Trump lashed out on Sunday as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election escalates.
“Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $US12,000,000?) … the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.
He was referring to the so-called Steele dossier, compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele for the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS. The dossier contains a number of unverified and salacious allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia, and both the FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee are reportedly investigating its claims.
The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication, initially financed the dossier, but Democrats later took it over. Last week, The Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired the law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn retained Fusion GPS and continued funding the dossier’s production.
Trump also referenced the “Uranium to Russia deal,” presumably referring to the 2010 Uranium One deal, which the Obama administration approved. The deal, which Republicans have painted as evidence of collusion between Clinton and Russia, made its way back into headlines earlier this week, shortly before it emerged that a federal grand jury approved the first charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Shortly after The Hill published a story about the deal two weeks ago, Trump latched onto it, tweeting that the “Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!”
Though Trump’s allies have pointed at the deal as damning evidence against Clinton, extensive reporting and fact-checking have found no signs of wrongdoing when the Obama administration allowed Rosatom, a Russian nuclear energy firm, to acquire Canada-based Uranium One, which had significant mining stakes in the US. The deal required approval from several government agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which Clinton had no control over, The New Yorker reported on Saturday.
Trump went on to tweet on Sunday that instead of looking into Clinton’s alleged culpability, “they look at phony Trump/Russia … ‘collusion,’ which doesn’t exist. The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but the R’s … are now fighting back like never before.”
“There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out,” he added. “DO SOMETHING!”
“All of this ‘Russia’ talk right when the Republicans are making their big push for historic Tax Cuts & Reform. Is this coincidental? NOT!” the president continued.
It’s unclear what Trump meant when he said the “R’s … are now fighting back,” but he could have been referring to Rep. Devin Nunes, the embattled chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who recused himself from the panel’s Russia probe. Nunes has been conducting his own investigation into “unmaskings” by the Obama administration and the credibility of the dossier, and subpoenaed Fusion GPS to appear before the committee.
Nunes also announced on Tuesday that he was launching an investigation into why the FBI did not inform Congress of its concerns over the Uranium One deal.
Asked whether it was appropriate for him to be investigating Russia-related matters after his recusal in April because of ethics concerns over his ties to the White House, Nunes asked reporters to reread his statement and “stop referring” to his recusal.
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