POLITICO Playbook The Washington Post has published an op-ed by the President’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
| John Wagner/AP Read moreHere’s what you need to know about what’s happening on the campaign trail.
Read the story:Trump says Russia story is a ‘witch hunt’The President says his former campaign chief is the victim of a ‘scam.’
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump said Lewandowski was a ‘loser.’
Trump is now the target of a Russia-backed smear campaign and is being sued by the former head of the FBI, the Justice Department and other law enforcement officials.
Trump is also under investigation by the FBI for his use of a private email server as president.
He also says the Russian government hacked into his campaign’s computer systems and stole his emails.
He says the investigation into his administration’s relationship with Russia is a witch hunt.
Here’s the full text of the interview:HANNITY: It’s now been reported that Corey Lewanz, the former campaign chairman, and his wife, Karina, were the targets of a Russian smear campaign.
They were also being investigated for their relationship with Russian officials.
Why did this happen?TRUMP: I think they were doing a witch-hunt.
That’s what it was.
It was a witch hunting.
I don’t know if it was Russia, but I think it was some kind of smear campaign against me.
I’m not going to comment on that.
The only thing I can tell you is I had no idea that they were going to do it.HANNITZ: Do you think that was a coordinated effort to smear you?TRUMP : Well, I don.
I just think that the Russian-directed effort, which is what the media has been calling this, is a total fabrication.
It’s a complete fabrication.
I have nothing to do with it.
It started in February.
It really started in January, and it has been going on for two months.
I think we all know that.
HANNITz: Do we know why they started this?TRUMP (continuing): I think I was a target, and I think that it was probably Russia.
They probably had a lot of information about me, but it’s just unbelievable.
Hannity: Did you know that the FBI was investigating your campaign?TRUMP and his campaign did know about it.
The Russian government is trying to influence the election in a negative way, to undermine our democracy, but they’re not doing it by hacking our computers.
That would be a criminal act.
They are not doing that.
They’re doing it through hacking.
They don’t want to get in, but you know they do.
TRUMP: No, no, no.
They just want to play.
You know, they just want the advantage.
They want to beat us.
They’ve been doing that all through this campaign.
I mean, it’s been going for two or three months.
And I mean I’ve known for years.
HANITZ (continued): But that’s just wrong.
TRUMP (continues): And by the way, you know what?
They want the election stolen.
HANS: And if they want it stolen, they want to steal the election.
I can’t believe you.
And you know I’ve been talking to the FBI.
HALL: Do they have any evidence that he was hacked by Russia?
TRUMP: Not that I know of.
HANKS: What about the hacking by the Russians that was said to have been carried out?
TRUMP (after a pause): I have no idea.
That is absolutely false.
That was just totally fabricated.
I’ve never been hacked by anybody.HANITz and Trump are now fighting over the timing of the investigation, which was ordered by the Special Counsel.HANKS and Trump both have a history of lawsuits.
The two men are now arguing over the scope of the special counsel’s investigation, the fact that the President has not been charged, and the timing.HANS: The investigation has been extended until next summer.
Is that because of a special counsel?
TRUMP : No.
They didn’t have a special prosecutor.
The Special Counsel was appointed by a special committee.
That special committee was chaired by a former Republican member of Congress, who has said that there was no collusion.
He was a Democrat.
Hanks: You didn’t hire him.
TRUMP : I hired him.
HITS: Who did you hire?
TRUMP HANS (after HANS): He was brought in by the Democrats.
HUSSLE: Did he meet with you?
TRUMP HEISLER: Yes.
He met with me, and he said I was great.
I said, “Great.”
HANS:(interjects): You hired him?TRUMP HANS(interjecting): He didn’t meet with me.
HINS: That’s not true. TRUMP HINS