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Trump’s theory: Scandals over Russia an attempt at coverup for Clinton’s campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 14: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump smiles after signing H.J. Res. 41 in the Oval Office of the White House on February 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. The resolution nullifies a rule in the Dodd-Frank Act that "requires resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals." (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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President Trump.

President Trump has his own theory about what’s behind recent scandals over Russia:

He later reiterated his attack against leaks from the intelligence community:

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Wednesday’s tweets followed emerging reports about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose forced resignation came after the public learned he may have lied about his Dec. 29 conversation with Russia’s ambassador, as well as a New York Times report that members of Trump’s 2016 campaign and other associates were in contact with the Russian intelligence community.

During the campaign, Trump had called for warmer relations with Moscow, though he has recently said he may end up not getting along with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“I’ve had many times where I thought I’d get along with people and I don’t like them at all,” Trump said last month.

In July, then-candidate Trump urged Russian officials to publish whatever e-mails they may have stolen from his rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing,” he said.

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The comments came shortly after the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers had been hacked, which US intelligence officials said they have “high confidence” the attack came from the Russians.

Trump’s remarks were also part of his rhetoric attacking Clinton over her use of private e-mail servers while she was secretary of State. The FBI twice concluded that Clinton should not face criminal charges over the issue.

Also on Wednesday, Trump singled out a news show for praise, barely a week after his senior adviser came under fire for promoting his daughter’s products from within the White House.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.
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