Spicer: Trump ‘Welcomes’ Graham’s Scrutiny Of Any Business Ties To Russia

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “welcomes” an investigation of possible ties between his businesses and Russia.

During his daily press briefing, Spicer was asked whether the President would cooperate with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said Tuesday: “I want to know more about Trump’s business dealings.” Graham noted that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said under oath Monday that he wasn’t personally concerned about Trump’s businesses dealings, but that “I don’t know what the FBI is looking at so I don’t want to run afoul with them.”

“The President, obviously, was aware of Sen. Graham’s suggestion after he made it today and he’s fine with that,” Spicer said Tuesday. “He has no business in Russia. He has no connections to Russia. So he welcomes that.”

“In fact, he has already charged a leading law firm in Washington, D.C. to send a certified letter to Sen. Graham to that point, that he has no connections to Russia,” Spicer added. “So that should be a really easy look.”

On Monday, the President’s son, Eric Trump, denied the three-year-old recollection of golf writer James Dodson, who said last week that Eric Trump had told him: “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr., the other Trump child now charged with running the President’s businesses, told a real estate conference: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

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