President declares: ‘Russia did not help me get elected. I got me elected.’
President Donald Trump vowed to expose those behind the Russiagate corruption scandal as he spoke to press Thursday morning, declaring that it will be one of his “greatest achievements.”
The president stopped to answer questions from the media on his way to Colorado Springs Thursday morning to deliver the commencement address at the US Air Force Academy graduation.
Speaking to members the press on the White House lawn, as he usually does, he was asked whether he believes Russian interference in the 2016 election helped to get him elected, to which he replied:
“No, Russia did not help me get elected. You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all.”
The president was asked about Russian collusion in the wake of special counsel Mueller’s final statement on Wednesday when he confirmed for the first, and last, time that there was no collusion between the Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“This was all about Russia, Russia, Russia,” President Trump said.
“They don’t talk about Russia anymore because it turned out to be a hoax.
“It was a false accusation, a totally false accusation and it’s a disgrace and it’s a very — it’s a very sad period for this country.
“And I think in the end I will consider what’s happening now to be one of my greatest achievements, exposing this corruption,” Trump said.
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According to Real Clear Politics, when asked about the growing chorus of members of Congress calling for impeachment, the president said: “I never thought that would even be possible to be using that word.
“To me, it’s a dirty word, the word impeach. It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word and it had nothing to do with me.
“I don’t think so, because there was no crime. You know it’s high crimes ‘and,’ not ‘with’ or ‘or,’ it’s high crimes ‘and’ misdemeanors.
“There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor, so how do you impeach based on that?”
He repeated: “Honestly, I hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements because I’ve exposed corruption, I’ve exposed corruption like nobody knew existed.”
QUESTION: Do you believe that Russia helped you get elected?
TRUMP: No, Russia did not help me get elected. You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all. Russia, if anything, I think, helped the other side.
What you ought to ask is this, do you think the media helped Hillary Clinton get elected? She didn’t make it, but you take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and the media. You take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and Russia. She had more to do in the campaign with Russia than I did. I had nothing to do.
And by the way, that’s one other thing, if you look, this was all about Russia, Russia, Russia, they don’t talk about Russia anymore because it turned out to be a hoax, it was all a hoax. And then they say, gee, he fought back, isn’t that terrible. He fought back.
Of course I fight back, because it was a false accusation, a totally false accusation and it’s a disgrace and it’s a very — it’s a very sad period for this country. And I think in the end I will consider what’s happening now to be one of my greatest achievements, exposing this corruption.
QUESTION: Do you think they’re going to impeach you? Do you think they’re …
TRUMP: I don’t see how. They can, because they’re possible allowed, although I can’t image the courts allowing it. I’ve never got into it. I never thought that would even be possible to be using that word. To me, it’s a dirty word, the word impeach. It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word and it had nothing to do with me.
So, I don’t think so, because there was no crime. You know it’s high crimes and, not with or or, it’s high crimes and misdemeanors. There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor, so how do you impeach based on that?
And it came out that there was nothing to do with Russia. The whole thing is a scam. It’s one of — it’s a giant presidential harassment, and honestly, I hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements, because I’ve exposed corruption, I’ve exposed corruption like nobody knew existed.
According to the Daily Wire, in his statement on Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller said there were two prime allegations his team investigated.
“As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system,” he said.
“The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign.
“They stole private information, and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks.
“The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.
“And at the same time as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an — an 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. So now the Dems and their partner, the Fake News Media,…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
….say he fought back against this phony crime that didn’t exist, this horrendous false accusation, and he shouldn’t fight back, he should just sit back and take it. Could this be Obstruction? No, Mueller didn’t find Obstruction either. Presidential Harassment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
Mueller never said in his statement whether his team of investigators proved the allegations, instead, making the bulk of his comments about alleged obstruction.
But he finished with this: “I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.
“And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.”
Well, the allegation doesn’t. If it’s true, then sure, but not an allegation.
Here’s the bigger problem: Nowhere in the 448-page report compiled by Mueller does it explain how the alleged “social media operation” or “sophisticated cyber techniques” led to 1,405,284 voters in Wisconsin pulling the lever for Trump, or 2,279,543 in Michigan, or 2,970,733 in Pennsylvania — all states the Democratic nominee won in 2008 and 2012.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders summed it up succinctly on Wednesday:
“After two years, the Special Counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same.”