President Donald Trump, speaking at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, blasted special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Moscow’s election meddling and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.
Trump said the Mueller probe has had a “negative impact” on U.S.-Russia relations, adding: “The probe is a disaster for our country. It’s kept us separated.” Putin denied interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump also advanced several conspiracy theories related to the election, asking about 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails he claimed are missing, the whereabouts of a computer server of the Democratic National Committee and the activities of a former House Democratic staffer who some conspiracy theorists have alleged penetrated lawmakers’ computers, although a federal prosecutor said there’s no evidence for such claims.
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Update: Paul Ryan contradicts Trump’s comments on Russia election meddling.