President Donald Trump tweeted late Monday night saying that the "Trump Russia story is hoax" and attacked Hillary Clinton asking why the House Intelligence Committee has not been investigating the Clintons for various alleged ties to Russia.
Trump demanded a probe into the relations between the Clintons and the Kremlin on Monday. He referred to several issues involving former President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton. Most of the matters Trump focused on have already been investigated and reported earlier.
The major charge he raised against Hillary Clinton dealt with the permission regarding a deal that allowed Russia's nuclear agency to buy a 51 percent share of a Canadian firm, which had control over 20 percent of the known uranium deposits in the United States. Hillary Clinton was then serving as the secretary of state and was a part of the panel that approved the deal in 2015. Trump was referring to a report on this deal, which also mentioned that the financier of the Canadian firm donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to Fox News Insider.
Trump's comments came amid the investigations into White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's contacts with a Russian bank named Vnesheconombank (VEB). Trump's son-in-law was given the responsibility Monday morning to head a new unit aimed at overhauling the U.S. federal bureaucracy. Soon after the announcement, Kushner's alleged connections with Moscow came to the fore and he is now a part of the probe that is looking into contacts between Trump's administrative officials and the Russian government, according to CBS News.
Kushner met with Sergei Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S., in December at a meeting at the Trump Tower. This meeting was confirmed earlier by the White House. However, later on Kislyak had asked the senior adviser to set up a meeting with the head of the Russian bank VEB. The bank was previously chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and is said to have major ties with Russian intelligence agencies.
The president's tweets also followed major incidents Monday night when leading Democrats wanted Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation into the U.S.-Russia dealings. Nunes has been under fire since last week after he briefed classified material to the president without informing the committee. Adam Schiff, Nunes' counterpart on the committee, demanded Nunes to recuse himself and compared his recusal to that of Jeff Sessions saying, "I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president’s campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman."
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, also demanded Nunes' recusal from the U.S.-Russia probe and asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to support her move. "Speaker Ryan must insist that chairman Nunes at least recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation immediately. That leadership is long overdue," she said, according to the Guardian.