Trump blasts Rus­sia probe as grand jury is formed

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WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­scribed Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as a “to­tal fab­ri­ca­tion” on Thurs­day amid re­ports that a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor had im­pan­elled a grand jury to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue — a step to­wards pos­si­ble crim­i­nal in­dict­ments.

“We didn’t win be­cause of Rus­sia. We won be­cause of you,” Trump said at a cam­paign-style rally in West Vir­ginia.

Try­ing to build sup­port among his core sup­port­ers, he said his en­e­mies were “try­ing to cheat you out of the lead­er­ship you want with a fake story that is de­mean­ing to all of us and most im­por­tantly, de­mean­ing to our coun­try and de­mean­ing to our con­sti­tu­tion”.

“The rea­son why Democrats only talk about the to­tally madeup Rus­sia story is be­cause they have no mes­sage, no agenda, and no vi­sion,” Trump said.

“The Rus­sia story is to­tal fab­ri­ca­tion. It’s just an ex­cuse for the great­est loss in the his­tory of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.”

His com­ments came af­ter the Wall Street Jour­nal re­vealed that spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller had im­pan­elled a grand jury to in­ves­ti­gate Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence with the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The news­pa­per, cit­ing two un­named sources fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter, re­ported that the grand jury had be­gun its work in the US cap­i­tal Wash­ing­ton “in re­cent weeks”. AFP

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