Fox News host Shepard Smith on Wednesday fact-checked President Trump after the president again falsely claimed during a news conference that the Russia investigation is a “Democratic hoax.”
“The president again calling the Russia investigation a ‘Democratic hoax’,” Smith said. “It is not.”
At a Wednesday news conference, Trump repeated his claims that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia.
Trump also claimed that it is “unlikely” he will be called to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.
“There was absolutely no collusion, everybody knows it. I’ve been in office for 11 months, for 11 months they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government,” Trump said.
“It is a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election that frankly the Democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the Electoral College,” he continued.
“Fox News has been reporting and will continue to report that two people have pleaded guilty,” Smith correctely noted.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos have both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russians.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates have also been charged with multiple counts in the investigation.
Shepard Smith fact checks Trump on claimed Russia "hoax" immediately following news conference pic.twitter.com/OGHJy0WWn4
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) January 10, 2018