President Trump has told a rally of diehard supporters that the investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusions with Russia for the 2016 election is nothing more than a ‘fabrication.’ “They’re trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story,” Trump told the rally in West Virginia.
The statement from the President comes as the new director of the FBI Robert Mueller, has recruited more than a dozen investigators with experience in international bribery, organised crime and financial fraud. It was reported last week that Mueller is using a grand jury, allowing for the option for witnesses and records to be subpoenaed.
Trump was seemingly undeterred by these latest movements, as he told the crowd in Huntington that the claims were baseless, “Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign; there never were. We didn’t win because of Russia. We won because of you.”
The President continued, asking mockingly, “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight, any Russians?” He stated that the Democrats were helping fabricate the story, to justify the loss of the last election.
The comments by Trump mark a different shift in strategy for the Trump administration, who has rarely dwelt on the issue in the past. Many commentators believe this signals that the White House is beginning to realise the full gravity of the situation.