President Trump took to Twitter Monday night to weigh in on Congress' investigation of possible ties between Russia and his election campaign: The "story is a hoax," he tweeted. In a pair of tweets, here and here, Trump also criticized US policies toward Moscow while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. "Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech ... money to Bill, the Hillary Russian 'reset,' praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA." The uranium line refers to Russia's nuclear power agency being allowed to buy the controlling stake of a Canadian mine company that also has US operations, reports Politico.
Trump used that criticism several times on the campaign trail, though it was called out as false by the Washington Post fact-checker blog, in part because the approval required the green light from nine separate federal agencies, not just the State Department. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi joined the calls for GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence panel, to recuse himself from the investigation over criticism that he's too close to the White House. On CNN Monday night, Nunes defended his meeting with someone at the White House the day before he called a news conference to allege that Trump associates might have been picked up in "incidental" surveillance. "The Congress has not been given this information, these documents, and that's the problem," he said to justify his trip to the White House. "This is executive branch."