WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump denied on Monday that his campaign worked with Russia to influence the US elections last November, hours before Congress held its first public hearing about the Kremlin’s suspected interference in the balloting.
On his personal Twitter account, Trump recalled that James Clapper, director of national intelligence under the Barack Obama government, and “others” have said there is no proof that he “colluded with Russia.”
According to Trump, “everyone knows” it is “FAKE NEWS” that a conspiracy existed between his campaign and Russia to swing the presidential election his way, a contest the magnate eventually won over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
In another tweet, Trump said “the Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign.”
Furthermore, as Trump has said on other occasions, “the real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information” that has gone one since he arrived at the White House.
The House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee is charged with investigating the suspected meddling of the Russian government in the November elections, an investigation that Trump requested and that also includes looking for evidence of the illegal wiretapping of Trump Tower supposedly ordered by Obama.
The house committee began at 10 am Monday its first public hearing about the state of those investigations with testimony by FBI director James Comey and others.
The head of that committee, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, said this Sunday in an interview on the Fox News Channel that he has not yet seen any proof of the suspected conspiracy between the Trump team and Russia during the last year’s electoral campaign.
Nonetheless, Rep. Adam Schiff, the highest ranking Democrat on the house committee, said in a statement on the NBC network that “circumstantial evidence” indicates a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
According to Schiff, there is also “direct evidence” that something was going on in those contacts that is worth investigating.
Trump first tweeted his accusation against Obama’s alleged wiretapping last March 4, but as yet has not presented any proof to back it up.