- The Washington Times - Monday, March 27, 2017

As pressure mounted Monday night on the House intelligence committee over its Republican chairman and the Russia probe, President Trump took to Twitter to change the subject to Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Trump called the entire Russia-ties story fake news and demanded an investigation of the Clintons’ involvements with the Kremlin.

“Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset,’ praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax,” Mr. Trump wrote over two tweets.

Earlier Monday evening, in an unusual move for a panel known for bipartisanship, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the panel’s ranking Democrat, said Chairman Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the Russia probe because he acknowledged having gone to the White House complex to view classified documents on Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

In his demands for a probe Monday, Mr. Trump referred to several matters — most already acknowledged and reported — related to Mrs. Clinton, former president Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

The most damning was the charge of pay-for-play influence-peddling, under which Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state was part of the panel that signed off on a deal permitting Russia’s nuclear agency to buy a 51 percent share of a Canadian firm that had control of 20 percent of the known uranium deposits in the U.S.

Nine investors in the Canadian company, Uranium One, gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, though almost all of it was from a single individual who sold his stake in the company before the Russian purchase. According to the New York Times, less than $3 million came during the time the deal was being negotiated.

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