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There was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, none at all — until the evidence started trickling in.
The revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected attorney last June for Hillary Clinton dirt — and knew full well Moscow wanted his dad to win — suggests the eldest Trump son at the very least tried to collude with Russians.
But if you believe the repeated, increasingly exasperated assurances from President Trump, his campaign officials and his administration, there was actually no contact with the Russians and no collusion whatsoever. In fact, it’s insulting you even asked.
Here’s a long list of denials — all of which occurred after Trump Jr.’s June 9, 2016 confab:
“Look, there has been no obstruction. There has been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey. But there’s been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to that.” (“Fox and Friends,” June 23)
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” (Twitter, June 16)
“The entire thing has been a witch hunt. And there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.” (Press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, May 18)
“Everybody’s convinced, they say there’s no collusion. You know the expression? They’re all saying, ‘There is no collusion. There is no collusion.’ … We have nothing to do with Russia and everything else.” (Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” May 13)
“Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” (Twitter, May 12)
“There is no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians.” (NBC News, May 11)
“The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” (Twitter, May 8)
Donald Trump Jr.
“Did I meet with people that were Russian? I’m sure, I’m sure I did … But none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form.” (New York Times, March)
On Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, suggesting experts thought the Russians had leaked Democratic National Convention emails as part of a scheme to help Trump and hurt Clinton:
“Well, it just goes to show you their exact moral compass. I mean, they’ll say anything to be able to win this … This is time and time again, lie after lie. You notice he won’t say, ‘Well I say this.’
“‘We hear experts’ — you know, his housecat at home once said that this is what’s happening with the Russians. It’s disgusting, it’s so phony … I can’t think of bigger lies, but that exactly goes to show you what the DNC and what the Clinton camp will do. They will lie and do anything to win.” (July 24, CNN’s “State of the Union”)
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway
On whether “anyone involved in the Trump campaign (had) any contact with Russians trying to meddle with the election”:
“Absolutely not. And I discussed that with the President-elect just last night. Those conversations never happened. I hear people saying it like it’s a fact on television. That is just not only inaccurate and false, but it’s dangerous. And it does undermine our democracy.” (CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Dec. 18)
Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort
On whether there were “any ties between Mr. Trump, you or your campaign and Putin and his regime”:
“No, there are not. That’s absurd. And you know, there’s no basis to it.” (ABC’s “This Week,” July 24)
Press Secretary Sean Spicer
On whether Trump “has an improper relationship with Russia” — and whether we’ll keep finding out about potential connections via leaks:
“Well, again, there are no connections to find out about. That’s the problem. I think, A, he’s answered it forcefully. You can’t disprove something that doesn’t exist. He’s talked about the fact how many times he’s talked to Putin. He has no interests in Russia. He has no — there’s only so many times he can deny something that doesn’t exist.” (Press gaggle, Feb. 24)
White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks
On Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reportedly having claimed “there were contacts” with Trump associates:
“It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.” (Associated Press, Nov. 11)
Vice President Mike Pence
In response to the question “Did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?”:
“Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.” (CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Jan. 15)
“I joined this campaign in the summer, and I can tell you that all the contact by the Trump campaign and associates was with the American people. We were fully engaged with taking his message to ‘Make America Great Again’ all across this country.”
“Of course not. Why would there be any contacts between the campaign (and Russia)?” (“Fox News Sunday,” Jan. 15)
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus
In response to the question “So, no collusion whatsoever between anybody involved with Trump and anybody involved with Russia in the 2016 campaign?”
“No.” (“Fox News Sunday,” Feb. 19)
“We don’t know of any contacts with Russian agents … “I mean, we’ve spent days talking about a story that says that our campaign had constant contacts with Russian spies. And I can tell you, I’ve talked to the top levels of the intelligence community. And they’ve assured me that that New York Times story was grossly overstated, and inaccurate and totally wrong.” (NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Feb. 19)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
“The suggestion that I participated in any collusion … is an appalling and detestable lie.” (Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, June 13)