Donald Trump Suggests FBI Didn't Find Motive for Las Vegas Shooting Because They Were Too Busy With 'Russian Hoax'

President Donald Trump questioned the amount of resources spent investigating the man responsible for a mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017, comparing the effort the FBI expended on its inquiry to that spent looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump spoke with conservative news outlet The Daily Caller in the Oval Office on Wednesday, the same day that the FBI released a report about Stephen Paddock, the man who killed 58 people and injured almost 1,000 more at a concert in Las Vegas. The FBI determined no motive for the shooting and closed the investigation.

The Daily Caller said to Trump. "I wonder how many resources in the FBI were committed to the Paddock case [versus] committed to the Mueller investigation. How much money was spent? How many people were on those things? How do those two things compare?"

The president responded by criticizing the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia in the 2016 election.

"What a great question that is. It's one of the better questions. I hope you're going to play your question because that is a very interesting — you're talking about, I guess they're well over 30 million dollars now on this Russian collusion hoax, and everybody knows it's a hoax," Trump said.

"But that is very interesting to ask, where you've had so many people killed, and so badly wounded, because I went to the hospital. You had people so badly wounded. People never talk about the wounded. The level of hurt and devastation for a whole lifetime. You know, many people just devastated for a lifetime. They'll never be the same. And you look at that by comparison to the Russian hoax, it's a shame. The Russian witch hunt, it's a shame," he continued.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Hispanic pastors at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 25. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The president has vehemently denied any conspiracy between the Russian government and his campaign in the election and has used Twitter and media appearances to blast the investigation as a "witch hunt."

Last week, the FBI arrested Trump associate Roger Stone, charging him on seven counts of allegedly lying to Congress and attempting to obstruct a House investigation into the reported collusion.

The president, who formely told law enforcement "don't be too nice" to crime suspects, bristled at Stone's early morning arrest by FBI agents.

Former law enforcement agents have said the FBI arrest was conducted according to standard procedures.

Stone pleadrd not guilty to the charges on Tuesday.

The indictment for Stone said the Trump campaign was in contact with WikiLeaks. The transparency organization has been accused of seeking to further the interests of the Russian government.

During the 2016 campaign, WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee by Russian hackers and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.

WikiLeaks has denied links to Stone, tweeting that "The document reflects existing reporting on Stone, [Jerome] Corsi & [Randy] Credico's attempts at braggadocio in response to WikiLeaks' announcements. New evidence of no 'back channel' with WikiLeaks."

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