'This Is a Hoax': Trump Blasts Mueller Probe, Says Podesta's Russia Ties Should Be Investigated
President Donald Trump responded to a question at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding the Mueller probe.
Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs asked Trump if he chose not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because it was "not worth the political fallout," or for some other reason.
Trump responded that Jacobs and her press colleagues have mused about him firing the two men for months, and hinted that his inaction in that regard will continue.
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"There was no collusion - and that's been so found by the House Intelligence Committee - other than by the Democrats," he said.
Trump called the Mueller investigation "a hoax created largely by the Democrats as a way of softening the blow of a[n election] loss."
He said that the feds would be better served to investigate Democratic ties to Russia, naming top Clinton adviser John Podesta as one with strong business ties to the country.
"The DNC (Clinton) server was never gotten by the FBI," Trump said. "Why didn't the FBI take it?"
Trump said that in contrast, "nobody has been more transparent" than his White House, pointing to thousands of pages of documents turned over to investigators.
Trump called the probe a "bad thing for our country" saying that it distracts public attention from more important matters like negotiating trade and Korea policy with Abe.