Trump acknowledges then retracts comments on Russian help

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President Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that Russia helped “me to get elected,” and then quickly retracted the idea.

“No Russia did not get me elected,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to travel to Colorado Springs. He spoke less than an hour after his Twitter post.

The original comment, a clause in one of several Twitter posts this morning, is an extraordinary admission from Mr. Trump, who has avoided saying publicly that Russia helped him win the presidency in 2016 through its election interference, something American intelligence agencies and federal prosecutors have long asserted.

Reiterating his conclusions in the 448-page report into Russian election interference, Mr Mueller said he “would have said so” if his team “had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime”, and noted that only congress has the authority to impeach a president.

Mueller made clear on Wednesday that his office could not consider charging Mr Trump only because Justice Department policy prohibits indicting a sitting president.

Via The Independent

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