Putin Echoes Trump Argument On Russia Investigation: It’s Dems’ ‘Fiction’ – TPM
Russian President Vladimir Putin echoed President Donald Trumpâ€™s argument against the investigation into his countryâ€™s possible collusion with Trumpâ€™s campaign and associates, calling it Democratsâ€™ excuse for losing the presidential election.
In anÂ exemplary tweet Tuesday morning, Trump wrote that the federal and congressional Russia investigations were â€œa lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election.â€
Hours later, the French newspaper Le Figaro published an interview with Putin, which had taken placeÂ Monday, in which the Russian leader called allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election â€œfiction,â€ driven by â€œdesire of those who lost the U.S. elections to improve their standing by accusing Russia of interfering.â€
â€œ[P]eople who lost the vote hate to acknowledge that they indeed lost because the person who won was closer to the people and had a better understanding of what people wanted,â€ he added.
Also on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times publishedÂ a recording of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) using similar language at an April 7 fundraiser.Â Nunes had by then claimed to have recused himself from the House Intelligence Committeeâ€™s own investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
â€œThe Democrats donâ€™t want an investigation on Russia. They want an independent commission,â€ Nunes said. â€œWhy do they want an independent commission? Because they want to continue the narrative that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are best friends, and thatâ€™s the reason that he won, because Hillary Clinton could have never lost on her own; it had to be someone elseâ€™s fault.â€
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