Donald Trump is trying to deflect attention away from his team’s alleged links with Russia by calling reports on the issue, “fake news, according to the most senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
“I would tell people whenever they see the President use the word ‘fake’ it ought to set off alarm bells and I think that is really what has gone on here.,” Adam Schiff told CNN’s, State of the Union show.
The California congressman added that Mr Trump was trying to divert attention away from the issue by claiming the real story was about government leaks.
The President’s tweets “tell the story”, he said, adding that by blaming leaks or his predecessor Barack Obama’s administration, Mr Trump was was saying: “Whatever you do, under no circumstances look here at me or at Russia.”
Despite repeated denials from Mr Trump, in January, US intelligence agencies said Kremlin-backed hackers had broken into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing ones in order to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
And last month FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee, the the Bureau was investigating Russian interference with the US elections, including any links with members of the Trump campaign, and whether the latter constituted any crimes.
Separate investigations have been launched by both the House of Representatives and the Senate into the influence of Russian hacking on the US presidential election.
Over the weekend, Mr Trump fired off two tweets in his customary combative style, lambasting the media for its continued focus on…
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