“No, hell no, we are not doing that. The American people need to know the full extent of this extremely troubling episode, including who in the government was behind these shadowy investigations and who improperly disclosed details.
“Something happened, and it was not an incidental breach of security laws. Try this experiment for yourself: Just type the words ‘Trump, Russia, collude’ into a search engine and you will get about 650,000 reports about those investigations. Nearly all of them cite anonymous government officials.
“The allegations of collusion had zero factual basis, but they were repeated day after day for months. My campaign team was presumed guilty, despite the fact that not a single shred of evidence was produced. The feverish atmosphere actually included calls for my impeachment before the inauguration.
“In my heart, I believe this was a scandalous attempt by Democrats, hostile members of the media and some people in the federal bureaucracy to delegitimize my presidency and overturn the election. Some have called this a soft coup attempt.