President Donald Trump said that accusations made about links between his campaign and Russia were a “total fabrication”.
At a boisterous campaign rally in Trump-friendly West Virginia today, Trump slammed the investigation as a “fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution”.
He commented hours after news broke that Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation, had impanelled a grand jury in the case.
“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve,” Trump told thousands of cheering, sign-waving supporters packed into an arena in Huntington.
Trump overwhelmingly won the state in the November election, partly due to his promises to revive a slumping coal industry.