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Saturday, July 15, 2017

WH: Any Collusion That Actually Took Place Was Between DNC and Ukranian Gov't

The White House on Wednesday reacted to FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray's comments during his Senate confirmation hearing regarding the Russia probe, saying the president's position has not changed.

Under questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday, Wray said he does not consider the investigation into Russian interference regarding the Trump campaign "a witch hunt."

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump "has made extremely clear his position on that, and it certainly has not changed."

"I think if there's been any evidence of collusion in 2016 that's come out at all or been discussed that's actually happened, it would be between the DNC and the Ukrainian government," she said.

"I don't often quote the New York Times, but even one of their reporters tweeted earlier today that -- why this example provides evidence of collusion: 'Cooperation was between DNC officials and officials from the Ukrainian government, not just some associate,'" Sanders said.

"Ukrainian actions to coordinate with the DNC was actually successful, unlike anything shown by Don Jr.'s emails," she said. "Information passed to the DNC from the Ukrainian government directly targeted members of the Trump campaign in an attempt to undermine it, and that was just Ukraine.

"The other big news was the foreign intelligence dossier that the president's political opponents funded and disseminated widely and was based on discredited opposition research from foreign intelligence sources. The only collusion I've seen, and that's certainly been proven, would be between those people," Sanders said.

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