President Donald Trump scoffed on Friday at the ongoing investigations into the possibility that individuals with ties to him may have colluded with the Russian government, joking derisively online that the lack of evidence after months of probes is “sad!”
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians," nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” Trump wrote.
He followed that post with another, writing that "the Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media – over 100 million people! I can go around them."
The president is the subject of multiple ongoing investigations, including probes led by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as well as one overseen by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who was appointed last month by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Trump and other officials from his team have long denied that there was any coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, suggesting that the investigations amount to a “witch hunt.” At the same time, White House officials have insisted that Trump is eager for the investigations to proceed, if only to officially clear him and his campaign of any wrongdoing.
The controversy emanating from Trump’s orbit has largely been pegged to former aides to the president with varying degrees of closeness to the Russian government, although top White House adviser Jared Kushner has been reported to be the subject of some scrutiny over his interactions with Russian officials and businessmen.
Among them are his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who resigned amid controversy regarding his relationship to a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who delivered a paid speech for Russian propaganda outlet RT and resigned in the wake of reporting that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the nature of conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
The president later tweeted Friday morning that other aspects of his presidency are going well.
"Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!" he said.