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Trump: Obama, Biden Knew What Was Going On in 'Russia Hoax'

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President Donald Trump walks with former President Barack Obama prior to Obama's departure during the 2017 presidential inauguration. (Jack Gruber/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2020 08:53 AM

President Donald Trump Friday railed against several figures involved in what he's called the "Russia hoax" for several years and accused former President Barack Obama and his vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden of being aware of the efforts to "take down the president of the United States."

"What you've seen so far is incredible, especially as it relates to President Obama because if anyone thinks that he and 'Sleepy Joe' Biden didn't know what was going on, they have another thing coming," Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

Trump said he has not called Obama or Biden to talk about the case, as he'd "rather have it come out in papers."

"Why would I call them up?" he said. "They tried to take down the president of the United States, a sitting duly elected president of the United States."

Trump's comments come after the Department of Justice Thursday dropped its case against his first national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, after recently disclosed FBI emails and notes alleged Flynn was entrapped into lying about his contacts with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak. 

"Most people knew it and really most people knew it from the beginning, and they knew it was just a total hoax," Trump said. "It is a made-up story, a disgrace to our nation. Made it impossible for us to deal with other countries including Russia because of what they were doing."

Trump also tore into the mainstream media and several figures involved in the case, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and others. 

"These are dirty politicians, and dirty cops and some horrible people, and hopefully they are going to pay a big price someday in the not too distant future," said Trump. "Schiff is a crooked politician, crooked as can be and one of the worst I've ever seen, I've seen some beauties. A liar, he's a terrible person, he's terrible for our country."

He also complained that Schiff had told a "total lie" during the impeachment hearings earlier this year when he claimed to be quoting his phone call with Ukraine's president.

"This guy got up there and he lied and lied," said Trump, but Schiff was covered by congressional immunity from prosecution. 

"He's a very, very dirty crooked politician and he is shielded by immunity but he'll go down," said Trump. "Guys like that end up going down they're crooked and bad."

Trump also commented about other key figures in the Russia investigation, saying that he'd run for office on a campaign promise of draining the swamp, but he "had no idea the swamp was like this."

"I figured the swamp was just sort of a mess, and some people, but I had no idea they were this deep and this bad, and there's still plenty of others in there but we are draining the swamp like nobody's ever drained the swamp," said Trump. 

Clapper and Brennan, who testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he'd never seen "direct empirical evidence' that Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia, spoke differently in their appearances on CNN and MSNBC, said Trump, as they wouldn't have been brought on the shows to speak. 

Former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was in contact with Obama, Trump agreed, noting much more information will be released as further papers are released. 

"(Acting Director of National Intelligence) Rick Grenell has done a fantastic job, and this country owes a lot to him and they owe a lot to Attorney General (William) Barr," he added, noting that Barr brought in U.S. John Durham who took a hard look at the origins of the Russia investigation. 

"He's the opposite of Robert Mueller because you look at Mueller that was purely corrupt and can you imagine where all the corruption having to do with Mueller, they said no collusion," said Trump. 

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