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Russia Probe Closing in on Trump as He Escalates War on Justice Dept

Trump says he wasn’t warned in 2016 about Russia threats. He was. Donald Trump questioned on Thursday why the FBI never warned his campaign that Russians might try to infiltrate his team, despite being briefed on the matter in August 2016.

In a tweet, Trump echoed recent comments from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who lambasted the FBI and claimed that the bureau never raised the issue with Trump or his campaign.

Also it has come to light that Trump pressured Sessions on multiple occasions to overturn recusal from the Probe into Russia so he could end it.

Trump pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions on multiple occasions over the last 14 months to overturn his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to a source familiar with the President’s demands. Trump made the request on several occasions — each to no avail.

The President’s repeated attempts to pressure Sessions followed an initial request from Trump in March 2017 asking the attorney general to reverse his recusal while at Mar-a-Lago, which was first reported by The New York Times. The Times reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that request.

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted this: “Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!”

Some claims Trump makes are hard to fact check because they rely on subjective measures or are open for interpretation.
This is not one of those.
Let me take you back to early May 2017. In the early afternoon of May 9, Trump fires then-FBI Director James Comey.

The following day — May 10 — Trump meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. In that Oval Office huddle, Trump tells the two Russians this, according to The New York Times: “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Then on May 11, Trump sits down with NBC News’ Lester Holt for a prescheduled interview. Holt asks Trump whether his justification for firing Comey came from the memo on the FBI director penned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump says this:

“And, in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said: ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.'”

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