The Hill reports:
President Trump on Sunday claimed that reports about Russia are “fake news” pushed by the Democrats and the media. “Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!” the president tweeted.
The New York Times reported earlier this month that some of Trump’s campaign staffers had repeated contacts with members of Russian intelligence. The report cited U.S. officials, but did not detail who was involved in those conversations.
In another story last week, CNN reported that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reached out to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asking them to talk to reporters on background to dispute the stories about communications between Trump associates and Russia. Comey reportedly rejected the request because the alleged communications are the subject of an investigation.
Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 26, 2017