"We didn't win because of Russian Federation". "Are there any Russians here tonight?"
He added that the Democrats are trying to "cheat" voters out of leadership they want with a story that he called "demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution". He said party affiliation was not important to him; he just wanted to work with anyone who could make West Virginia better. "What the prosecutors should be looking at is Hillary Clinton's 33,000 deleted emails".
But those stories weren't the only thing on Trump's mind as he addressed the boisterous crowd attending his campaign-style rally.
Mueller is investigating whether there was any collusion between Moscow's spies and the Trump campaign - allegations that, if proven true, could represent an abrogation of American democracy.
Lucas still sounded a bit wary Thursday night. "We are putting our coal miners back to work. I have ended the war on lovely clean coal".
"Everyone in this arena, is united by shared values", the president said. "It's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics".
And then there was the matter of the governor, who inspired a smattering of boos when he first ambled into the crowd's view.
"I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that over the last two years, the Republican Party and myself in particular have attempted to hold Jim Justice accountable for various proposals and differences with the Republican Party", Lucas said.
Justice said, "Today, I tell you as West Virginians, I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor".
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District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of the court for willfully violating a federal judge's order. Arpaio later faced a civil trial for ignoring several orders, and he was found guilty of civil contempt of court a year ago .
Justice went on to effusing praise Trump, saying, "This man is a good man". "We had 3 percent growth in West Virginia". "The debts have only worsened during Justice's term as governor".
The latest developments in the Russian Federation story, together with all the other recent setbacks and scandals, are gradually undermining Trump's support, even among his base.
"Like most, I didn't see it coming and have a hard time understanding why and why now", Bates said. "I just felt it was in the best interest of everybody". "We hurt a lot of people".
At his rally, Trump didn't refer explicitly to the grand jury.
Dustin White, of Boone County, W.Va. was at the rally in protest. "The Senate was right with me. And he has a close connection to the Trump family and it is my hope that this will further solidify a national attention in favor of policies that will help economic development, job creation and education in West Virginia".
"Having big Jim as a Republican is such an honor, I will tell you, such an honor". "I told him this a month ago". I never thought I would see Jim Justice be anyone's puppet. "Trump is our president, and I think he's a really great man". Former FBI Director James Comey "said three times the President is not under investigation and we have no reason to believe that has changed", it said in a statement provided by spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
Dasher was also critical.
The arrivals of veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb as Trump's top legal counsel and new chief of staff John Kelly have been hailed by supporters as a way for Trump to steady a chaotic White House and an inconsistent legal team.
The August 3rd rally actually marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977-a loophole-ridden regulatory compromise that granted federal sanctioning to mountaintop removal and allowed a mining onslaught in over 20 states and indigenous First Nations, leaving behind a legacy of ruin-contaminated waterways, entrenched poverty, black lung disease and cancer corridors and forced displacement.
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