- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 26, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday slammed the repudiated Russia dossier, calling it a “Crooked Hillary pile of garbage.”

Reacting to news reports about the FBI’s inability to defend the unverified dossier, Mr. Trump expressed his dismay at being targeted in the Justice Department’s Russia probe.

“WOW, @foxandfriends ‘Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED,’” he tweeted. “And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!”

The Democratic Party funded the dossier that helped fuel investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, The funding of the dossier was also linked to the campaign of 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he nicknamed “Crooked Hillary” during the race.

The FBI has declined to repudiate the Russia dossier but it has conceded the document’s major core charges of election collusion remain unsubstantiated, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

The Russia probe has dogged Mr. Trump since before his election and has morphed into an investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

It also spurred investigations by House and Senate committees. Republicans there believe they have unearthed a scandal in which top FBI officials schemed to target Trump associates based on flimsy evidence and improper Justice Department contacts.

None of the investigations have yet shown collusion. However, the Mueller probe has resulted in former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to federal agents and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates being charged in a 12-count indictment that included money laundering and making false statements.

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