President Donald Trump on Monday again blasted as “fake news” a Sunday Washington Post article about his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen known as the Squad.
“The Amazon Washington Post front page story yesterday was total Fake News. They said ‘Advisors wrote new talking points and handed him reams of opposition research on the four Congresswomen.’ Now really, does that sound like me?” he tweeted.
“What advisors, there were no talking points, except for those stated by me, & ‘reams of paper’ were never given to me. It is a made up story meant to demean & belittle. The Post had no sources. The facts remain the same, that we have 4 Radical Left Congresswomen who have said very bad things about Israel & our Country!”
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the Post story was an example of “presidential harassment,” based on “phony sources who do not exist.”
Sunday’s Twitter message came a week after the president said that the women, all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries they came from — a message condemned by Democrats and some Republicans as racist.
Three of the Squad’s members — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated as a child.
House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of Special Counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potential last-ditch bid to impeach him, AP reports.
Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on House Judiciary Committee, said the American public is growing weary of the Russia investigation three months after the release of the special counsel’s 448-page report and that “any thought of impeachment is waning.” He said Republicans will be focused on making clear that the report represents a “final episode” in the Russia probe, which he described as flawed.
“Remember, the Mueller report is a one-sided report,” Collins said. “It has not been questioned from the other side. This is our chance to do that.”
The House Judiciary and the House Intelligence Committees will question Mueller in separate hearings on the report on Wednesday. While the report did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to swing the election, it said Trump could not be cleared of trying to obstruct the investigation.
Days before the back-to-back hearings, both sides seemed to agree that Mueller’s testimony could be pivotal in shifting public opinion on the question of holding the president accountable. Mueller has said he doesn’t intend to speak beyond the findings of the report in the hearings.