Trump says Russia election probe amounted to ‘treason’

President Donald Trump says the investigation into allegations that his election campaign colluded with Russians in manipulating the 2016 US election amounted to “treason.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Updated 28 March 2019

Trump says Russia election probe amounted to ‘treason’

  • Trump insists that the probe led by former FBI director Robert Mueller was concocted for political reasons by Democrats
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded he could neither accuse nor clear Trump, leaving the attorney general to make the determination

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared that the dramatic probe into links between his election campaign and Russia amounted to “treason.”
Speaking on Fox News, Trump said the probe, which culminated in clearing him of allegations that he colluded with Moscow, a “very dark period” and he appeared to threaten those he blames for the report with punishment.
“We can never allow this treasonous — these treasonous acts to happen to another president. This was an attempted takeover of our government, of our country, an illegal takeover,” he told long-favored Fox interviewer Sean Hannity.
Although Trump didn’t say how he intended to make sure that a probe was not carried out in similar circumstances again, he stressed that if Republicans had investigated a Democratic president in the same way, heavy penalties would follow.
“You’d have 100 people in jail right now and it would be treason. It would be considered treason and they would be in jail for the rest of their lives,” he said.
“It would be virtually the maximum sentence that you can find, no matter where you look in whatever legal book,” he said later.
“We are getting to the bottom of it,” he said. “Hopefully they won’t get away with it.”
Trump insists that the probe led by former FBI director Robert Mueller was concocted for political reasons by Democrats upset at his surprise 2016 election defeat of the favorite, Hillary Clinton.
Mueller was tasked with investigating the scope of Russian meddling in the election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow. In addition, Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice through his often highly public opposition to the probe.
After two years, Mueller wrapped up last week and on Sunday Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, issued a brief summary of the probe’s findings. They included the determination that Russians did try to interfere in the election but that Trump’s campaign did not collude.
On obstruction of justice, Mueller said he could neither accuse nor clear Trump, leaving Barr to make the determination. Barr said that no crime had been committed.
Although the culmination of the Mueller probe is widely seen as a big victory for Trump, the episode still shed a deeply unflattering light on his entourage, as well as revealing previously undeclared links with Russians — in particular his attempts late into 2016 to secure a huge real estate deal in Moscow.
On Fox, Trump said he was the victim.
“I know one thing: I was the most innocent human being,” he said.

 

 


Nepalese team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2

Updated 51 min 37 sec ago

Nepalese team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2

ISLAMABAD: A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history after becoming the first to summit Pakistan’s K2 in winter, according to a trekking company leading one of the expeditions.
Dozens of mountaineers have been competing over the past few weeks to summit the world’s second-highest mountain, the last peak above 8,000 meters to be topped in wintertime.
“WE DID IT” tweeted Seven Summit Treks.
“The Karakorum’s ‘Savage Mountain’ been summited in most dangerous season: winter. Nepalese climbers finally reached the summit of Mt K2 this afternoon at 17:00 local time.”
Since the maiden attempt in 1987-1988, just a handful of winter expeditions have been attempted on the storied 8,611-meter (28,250-feet) mountain in the Karakoram range along the Chinese border.
None had got higher than 7,650 meters until Saturday when the good conditions allowed the climbers to push ahead.
This winter an unprecedented four teams totaling around 60 climbers converged on the mountain, more than all the previous expeditions put together.
The 10 Nepalese climbers had earlier been spread across the different teams, but formed a new group in order to claim the feat in Nepal’s name.
Known as the “savage mountain,” winds on the peak can blow at more than 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour) and temperatures drop to minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 Fahrenheit).