Trump says Clintons and Dems must be held accountable for Russia ‘hoax’ probe and says he's been 'totally exonerated'

DONALD Trump has called for Hilary Clinton and the Democratic party to be "held accountable" for claiming his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

The former president released a scathing statement on Thursday, blaming Clinton and other Dems for pushing investigators to probe the "fake allegation" and asked for them to be punished.

"Now that I have been totally exonerated on the Mueller Witch Hunt with a charge of No Collusion, I have often wondered, if a fake investigation is illegally started based on information provided and paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, shouldn’t they be held accountable?" Trump asked.

"Not to mention, wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and interfering with years of a presidential administration? I fought the made-up Hoax strongly and effectively, and I won."

Led by prosecutor Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel began probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, ties between Trump associates and Russian officials, and possible obstruction of justice by Trump in May 2017.

The investigation lasted just shy of two years and culminated with the Mueller report in April 2019.

The report concluded that while Russia did interfere with the election, investigators said there was insufficient evidence to prove "the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple efforts from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

Mueller also left the question as to whether Trump sought to obstruct the government's probe open, writing: "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Trump, meanwhile, contested on Thursday that the allegations against him and his administration were "fabricated".

"They fabricated, out of thin air, the fake allegation that I obstructed justice, and I won that too. Think of it, how can you obstruct justice when you were fighting a false and illegally submitted narrative?"

Trump's statement follows testimony from White House counsel Don McGahn related to Mueller's report.

McGahn told lawmakers that episodes involving him in the Russia report were accurate, including one Trump has denied in which he said the president pressed him to get the DOJ to remove Mueller.

The testimony, given to the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door hearing, otherwise contained no new revelations.

On Thursday, Trump also sought to take a victory lap for other so-called "illegal witch hunts" against him.

Earlier this week, an Interior Department inspector general's report found that US Park Police did not clear protesters from a park outside of the White House last year so then-President Trump could take a photo at a nearby church.

Amid national racial injustice protests ignited by the police killing of George Floyd last year, on June 1, 2020, Trump walked from the White House to St. John's Church which had been damaged amid protests.

As he did, law enforcement violently cleared what had been mostly peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park.

Trump then stood in front of the church and held up a bible.

"This week I have been totally exonerated by the Inspector General in the clearing of Lafayette Park, despite earlier reports that it was done for political purposes," Trump wrote in his statement.

"And I have also been totally exonerated in Congress by the testimony of former White House lawyer Don McGahn. It came, it went, and it was a big 'nothingburger'.”

He added: "But fear not, the Radical Left, country destroying, illegal Witch Hunts continue, and I will win those too!"

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