U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Oct. 31 to blast the “fake” media and his Democratic rivals, and called a former campaign aide who has pleaded guilty in the Russia probe a “liar.”
The morning attack came a day after special counsel Robert Mueller announced charges against three aides to Trump’s campaign who were indicted as part of a sprawling investigation into Russian efforts to influence the vote.
One of the three, George Papadopoulos, who Trump has previously called an “excellent guy,” pleaded guilty earlier this month on a charge of lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts.
The other two, former campaign chief Paul Manafort and Rick Gates pleaded not guilty on Oct. 30 on charges of conspiracy and money laundering.In a series of two tweets, Trump wrote: “The Fake News is working overtime.
As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he… came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!”
Meanwhile, as revelations emerged that Russian-linked accounts reached many more American voters than previously thought, Facebook, Twitter and Google on Oct. 31 defended their security measures and promised a Senate subcommittee they would do more to stop the misuse of their platforms.