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Trump Calls Allegations Of Ties To Russia 'Fake News'

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter again on the morning of March 20 to refute allegations that anyone on his campaign team colluded with Russia just before a high-stakes House Intelligence Committee hearing on the probes into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections. 

As Congress prepared to hear FBI testimony on an alleged conspiracy with Russia to interfere with the 2016 President elections, Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets calling the allegations fake news.

"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" The president tweeted from his personal Twitter account.

James Clapper was the Director of National Intelligence under former President Barack Obama. When asked directly if there was any intelligence suggesting that Trump had colluded with Russia, Clapper told NBC, "Not to my knowledge," adding that he would not know about intelligence that has been discovered since he left the position. 

Clapper also told NBC, "There was no such wiretap" when asked about the relevance of Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama tapped phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 elections. 

Trump's tweets ahead of the House hearing also accused Democrats of fabricating the entire Russian interference story as a means of concealing their own mistakes.

"The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!" 

"The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!" Trump added in another tweet.

FBI director James Comey confirmed during the hearing that there was an investigation into alleged interference in the U.S. elections by Russia and possible connections to Trump and his campaign team. Comey also confirmed that there was no evidence of wiretapping at Trump Tower.

Two hours later, Trump got back on Twitter to call CNN fake news after they reported on a new Gallup poll that showed the president's approval ratings have dropped to just 37 percent. 

"Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster. Much higher ratings at Fox."

Chris Cuomo and Poppy Harlow, hosts on CNN's segment, "New Day," reacted to Trump's tweet in real time. 

"They're not out polls, they're Gallup polls," Harlow said.

When their guest, Philip Rucker, said he hoped the president was watching, Cuomo assured: "Oh, he's watching."

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter (234), NBC News, CNN via YouTube / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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