July 27, 2016

Trump has called such allegations about ties to the Russian government as "conspiracy theories", but just this morning he urged Russia to hack Clinton's emails. He also said he's never met Putin, though he's said the exact opposite in the past.

And no, he still won't release his taxes.

Source: CBS4, Miami

In his most extensive remarks on allegations that Russia is attempting to influence the presidential election in his favor, Republican nominee Donald Trump flatly denied any ties to the Russian government or Russian investors.

“I can tell you I think if I came up with that they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s a conspiracy theory, it’s ridiculous,’” Trump told CBS4’s Jim DeFede during an interview at his golf resort in Doral. “I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia.”

The Russian link stems from the recent hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails which have proven highly embarrassing to the Democratic Party and its nominee, Hillary Clinton. The emails showed how DNC officials favored Clinton during the primaries.

Subsequent stories have suggested one reason Russia President Vladimir Putin would like to see Trump in the White House is because Trump’s personal business empire is heavily dependent on Russian investment, making a possible President Trump susceptible to pressure from Moscow.

“Is that the theory? I haven’t heard that at all,” Trump told the Miami station. “I mean I haven’t heard that. But I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.”

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