U.S. President Donald Trump, without offering evidence, cited "Ukrainian efforts to sabotage trump campaign - 'quietly working to boost clinton'" in a tweet early Tuesday morning. He quickly followed that tweet with an attack on his own attorney general and close ally tweeting, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"
Trump had attacked Sessions on Monday as well, tweeting, "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Trump's attacks have fueled speculation that Rudy Giuliani may be tapped to replace Sessions as head of the U.S. Justice Department.
Trump followed that tweet up with an attack on the current FBI Director Andrew McCabe: "Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!"
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Trump's tweet alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election ended with "@SeanHannity" - presumably crediting Sean Hannity as a source for the allegation. Hannity, the Fox News commentator, who interviewed Donald Trump Jr. immediately after the revelations of setting up a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, introduced the interview suggesting that Ukraine was the real villian in the 2016 election, not Russia.
Democrats and journalists “have completely ignored an example of actual election interference," fumed Hannity on his July 11 program. A "Democratic operative and Ukrainian government officials tried to aid and assist Hillary Clinton and damage Donald Trump,” continued Hannity.
Trump administration officials quickly jumped on that band wagon: “And campaigns involve opposition research, and the situation exchange that was released by Donald Trump Jr., and what was described there is — look at it and compare it to, for instance, the situation with the Ukrainians and the DNC and the Clinton campaign, where information actually was shared," said President Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow, interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” July 16, 2017.
“Frankly, I think something that may make sense is looking at the Democrat National Committee coordinated opposition research directly with the Ukrainian Embassy. This is not an accusation. That’s an on-the-record action that they took. So if you’re looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, who actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian Embassy. And no one in this room, to my knowledge, really had a big problem with that," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a briefing on July 10, 2017.