President Donald Trump argued in a series of tweets on Tuesday that there was a lack of evidence that shows a possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia. The president, in his tweets, quoted Jonathan Turley as well as former special counsel Ken Starr, before adding that the investigations are “WITCH HUNT.”
“‘I’ve been skeptical about the collusion and obstruction claims for the last year. I just don’t see the evidence….in terms of the collusion, it’s all a bit implausible based on the evidence we have.’ Jonathan Turley on @FoxNews,” Trump tweeted.
“‘We’ve seen NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION…I have seen nothing, the firing of James Comey and all of the aftermath, that suggests that the President has obstructed justice because he’s exercising his power as the President of the U.S. I just don’t see it.’ Judge Ken Starr.”
At the moment there are several investigations into Russian election interference and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump regularly denies any collusion between his campaign and Russia and is accusing that the Russia probe is a “witch hunt.”
Tuesday’s tweets come as a result of the Democratic memo that was released by the House Intelligence Committee over the weekend. The new memo was meant to counter a Republican-crafted document released earlier this month that alleged surveillance abuses at the Justice Department.
The Democratic memo shows that the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference didn’t result from the creation of the so-called Steele dossier which is an unverified private intelligence document written from June to December 2016 by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence (MI6) officer.
According to The Hill, during the past weekend, Trump’s lawyers started weighing options for testimony before Mueller.
In the past, Trump has expressed a willingness to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation but has been eluding it since then.
Meanwhile, former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates pleaded guilty last week as part of a plea deal with Mueller on charges of conspiracy against the United States and making a false statement to the FBI. It was also announced by the Department of Justice earlier this month that charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations accused of attempting to interfere in the 2016 election have been filed by Mueller’s team.