Shepard Smith Refutes Trump's Claim That Russia Investigation Is a 'Democrat Hoax': 'It Is Not'

| JAN 11, 2018 | 2:50 AM

Citing multiple indictments and guilty pleas in the Russia investigation, Fox News host Shepard Smith flatly denied President Donald Trump's Wednesday claim it was a “Democrat hoax.”

“The president again calling the Russian investigation a Democratic hoax. It is not,” Smith said after Trump made those remarks during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Smith went on to note how Trump's associates faced indictments and, in some cases, pleaded guilty to charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the president's alleged ties to Russia.

While associates like former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn did plead guilty to charges in connection with Mueller's investigation, none of the formal charges alleged collusion between Trump's team and the Russian government.

On Wednesday, Trump continued denying any collusion on his part, but he accused the Democratic Party of colluding with the Russian government.

Smith claimed Trump's comments ruined the good favor he received for his “brilliant” performance during the prior day. He was likely referring to a bipartisan meeting Trump held to discuss a legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“He was riding this wave of goodness, and cooperation, and inclusiveness — and now, he blew it all up,” Smith said.

Smith further criticized Trump tweets for refocusing attention on the Russia investigation, a story his guest speculated Trump didn't want to receive attention.

On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted the Russian investigation was “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history”:

He also derided Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as “sneaky” after she released a transcript of testimony from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, whose company funded research included in a salacious dossier about Trump.

Watch Smith make those comments below, via Fox News.