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    Trump: Mueller's Probe of 'Russia Collusion' Based on Fraud

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said Saturday that the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into his alleged collusion with Russia is based on fraud and should not have been launched, as there had never been any collusion.

    "The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!" Trump said on Twitter.

    Robert Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and accusations of collusion with the Trump campaign.

    In early February, Republicans in the US House of Representatives published a memo regarding alleged abuses committed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) within the "Russia collusion" probe. The document accuses FBI and DOJ officials of political bias against Trump in their investigation.

    The memo also alleged the FBI and DOJ staff had abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the investigation of Trump's campaign. Democrats have refuted such allegations.

    Both Trump and the Kremlin have denied any purported collusion, and Moscow has called the accusations of interference in the election "absurd."

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    fraud, accusations, collusion, US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Russiagate, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), DOJ, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, United States
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