Trump repeats Russia 'fake news' claims ahead of FBI director hearing

President Donald Trump walks to the White House after arriving on Marine One, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump kicked off the week with a series of tweets once again deriding allegations of collusion between his campaign and its ties to Russia as "fake news."

Three tweets posted before sunrise on the East Coast came ahead of two pivotal hearings on Capitol Hill Monday: FBI Director James Comey testifying on the investigation into Russia hacking claims and the second hearing, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's first Senate committee hearing.

Comey is also expected to debunk the president's allegations Trump Tower was "wiretapped" by the previous administration.

"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" Trump wrote on his preferred social media platform.

He added, "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!

"The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker [sic] now!" Trump continued.

Trump's administration has been plagued with a number of leaks since he took office.

A hearing Monday before the House Intelligence Committee, one of several congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of investigations that have shadowed the Trump administration in its first two months.

The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, the president's New York City headquarters. But the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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