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ABC News Compiles List Of 11 Times Trump Called The Russia Investigation A 'Hoax'

ABC News Compiles List Of 11 Times Trump Called The Russia Investigation A 'Hoax'
Updated 7 months ago

Donald Trump has tried numerous times to dismiss the investigation into possible Russian collusion during the election that brought him to the White House. Repeatedly calling it a "hoax," Trump attempted to spin the story away from his campaign and misdirect attention to Hillary Clinton. ABC News compiled a list of the times Trump has referred to the investigation, led by Robert Mueller, as a hoax, even though the special counsel has charged campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign adviser Rick Gates with a multitude of crimes.

But George Papadopoulos, former foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and is cooperating with investigators. 

In an April 2017 interview with the New York Times, Trump said:

The Russia story is a total hoax. There has been absolutely nothing coming out of that.

May 8, 2017:

Again on July 15, 2017:

And on Sept. 22, while campaigning for Luther Strange in Alabama, referring to Democrats:

They did a rotten job of running. But to convince people about this hoax, that was probably the thing that they did best, but it is one great hoax. No, Russia did not help me, that I can tell you, OK? And by the way, folks, just in case you're, like, curious, no, Russia did not help me. OK? Russia. I call it the Russian hoax, one of the great hoaxes.

For all Trump's protesting and focus shifting, people never believed the "the hoax" spin:

You can watch ABC's video compilation below: