President Trump on Thursday contradicted comments he made on Twitter earlier that morning acknowledging that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election helped win the presidency.
“No, Russia did not help me get elected,” Trump told reporters outside the White House as he prepared to travel to Colorado to address the Air Force Academy.
Earlier, in a Twitter posting, Trump slammed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump or his campaign associates colluded with the Russians during the election.
“Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax…And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. It was a crime that didn’t exist,” Trump said.
Mueller in his statement about his report on the Russia investigation on Wednesday said Moscow used “sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks” of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
”They stole private information, and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks,” Mueller said. “The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.”
But addressed the issue of whether Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians, Mueller said “there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy.”