WASHINGTON — President Trump’s marathon news conference will not quiet concerns on Capitol Hill about his connections to the Kremlin, according to Democrats who pointed to several false statements made over the course of the event.Asked whether his 2016 campaign officials had contact with Russia over the past year, Trump said “not that I know of.”Two news reports this week found that’s not true. The New York Times and CNN both reported that his campaign and other associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.Trump also called “fake news” reports that his national security adviser discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador in a December phone call shortly after then-president Barack Obama implemented them in December to punish Russia for its role in hacking Democratic Party officials. Yet, by his own account, Trump fired Michael Flynn for lying to Vice President Pence about the nature of the call.Then Trump went further to say that what Flynn did “wasn’t wrong” and “I would have directed him” to do it.“Those are very striking statements and deserve some closer scrutiny by those here in the Senate,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said on MSNBC. Read more:“Donald Trump was… Read full this story
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