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AP FACT CHECK: Trump team lacks a straight story on Russia

June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — An AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump’s team is struggling to tell a straight story on the Russia investigation, months after U.S. intelligence settled on Russia as the instigator of interference in the 2016 election.

On Sunday, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway wrongly credited Trump with calling Russian hacking a “disgrace” once a consensus formed that Moscow was behind the mischief.

But that’s not what he called disgraceful.

In a pre-inauguration press conference Jan. 11, Trump reacted angrily to a dossier containing unverified information about his behavior during a Moscow visit. U.S. intelligence officials briefed him on the dossier and elements were reported publicly.

He said: “I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.”

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