In a Fox News interview broadcast Monday, President Trump defended presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) against claims of being a Russian asset and said he'd like his attorney general to investigate Hillary Clinton.

I don't know Tulsi Gabbard, but I know one thing: She's not an asset of Russia."
— Trump on "Hannity"

The big picture: In his hour-long interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the president hit back at Clinton for claiming that Gabbard is a "favorite of the Russians." Trump also reiterated unsubstantiated suspicions he has about Ukraine, Clinton and the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

  • "I heard Clinton was involved. I heard they got somebody who wrote the fake dossier," Trump said. "Was it out of Ukraine? All of the things that happened. ... I would like the attorney general to find out what’s going on. Because you know what? We’re investigating corruption." 
  • In the wide-ranging interview, Trump again attacked the media as "corrupt," singling out the New York Times and Washington Post for criticism.
"The New York Times, which is a fake newspaper — we don’t even want it in the White House anymore. We’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post. They’re fake."

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