In a series of fiery tweets on March 20, President Donald Trump slammed the FBI's investigation into Russia's alleged efforts to sway the 2016 election (video below).
According to RawStory.com, Trump called the investigation "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 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 falsely claimed CNN was "doing polls" when it reported on a third-party poll (Gallup) about his record low 37 percent approval rating.
"Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster," Trump tweeted. "Much higher ratings at Fox."
Trump then went back to Russia and added the Democrats in the mix: "What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?"
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, FBI director James Comey told a House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that there is an investigation into Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election and any Trump campaign ties:
As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters. But in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so, as Justice Department policy has recognized. This is one of those circumstances.
I've been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.
In response to Comey's first-ever public disclosure about the investigation, senior Trump White House official Hallie Jackson said in a statement that "nothing has changed," tweeted NBC News reporter Bradd Jaffy:
Nothing has changed. Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on the record to confirm there is NO EVIDENCE of Trump-Russia collusion and there is NO EVIDENCE of a Trump-Russia scandal. Obama’s CIA director said so. Obama’s Director of National Intelligence said so. We take them at their word.