Trump’s early-morning tweetstorm on Hillary Clinton and Russia

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President Donald Trump used Twitter on Monday morning to revive
criticisms about Russia, Hillary Clinton, and Clinton’s campaign
manager, John Podesta.

“Was the brother of John Podesta paid big money to get the
sanctions on Russia lifted? Did Hillary know?” .

In a follow-up tweet, : “Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for
receiving the answers to the debate? Just asking!”

Trump seems to be referring to leaked emails that suggested the
interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna
Brazile, about CNN-sponsored debates with Clinton’s
campaign. The president may also have been referencing about Podesta’s shares in a firm
with links to Russian investors.

Earlier Monday morning, Trump praised a “Fox & Friends”
segment on the “unmasking” of the names of Trump associates who
may have had their communications incidentally collected by US
intelligence officials.

“Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme
against us,” . “‘Spied on before nomination.’ The real story.”

Over the weekend, Trump also used Twitter to draw attention to
the Fox report.

“Wow, Fox News just reporting big news. Source: ‘Official behind
unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some
unmasked … not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on
before he was nominated,'”
on Saturday afternoon. “If this is
true, does not get much bigger. Would be sad for U.S.”

Trump’s administration has repeatedly said that the focus of the
investigation into Russia should be on who was responsible for
revealing the names of the Trump associates, rather than any
connections between the campaign and a foreign power that
interfered in the election.

Sonam Sheth contributed reporting to this story.



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