President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to thank Buffalo area political consultant Michael R. Caputo for testifying before the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.
"Thank you to former campaign adviser Michael Caputo for saying so powerfully that there was no Russian collusion in our winning campaign," Trump tweeted at 8:04 a.m.
Thank you to former campaign adviser Michael Caputo for saying so powerfully that there was no Russian collusion in our winning campaign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
Trump's tweet drew responses from dozens of people, many of whom cast doubt that Trump's campaign did nothing wrong and others who said the Russians aren't the reason that Hillary Clinton lost the election.
Your son sent emails, had meetings with Russians, and was there for info on Hillary. He admitted to this.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 16, 2017
Hillary Clinton, NOT Russia, is responsible for the complete lack of enthusiasm and voter turnout that she had
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) July 16, 2017
Caputo told the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Friday that he had no contacts with the Russian government before, during or after working for President Trump's campaign in 2015 and 2016.
"From the day President Trump announced his candidacy until Inauguration Day, to my knowledge I never spoke about his campaign with anyone remotely associated with the Russian government," Caputo said in prepared testimony that he released on his blog before the closed-door session of the committee. "At no time did I ever talk about Russian contacts with any member of the campaign. I certainly did not hear talk of collusion with Russia or any foreign nation."