BLITZER: “Those are paid advertisements and we have decided not to air those advertisements. The President today weighed in on this latest controversy involving a theory put out by Hillary Clinton that Russians may be grooming another Democratic presidential candidate, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. I want you to listen to how President Trump today responded to that.”

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TRUMP: “Hillary Clinton, if you’ve heard of her. She’s the one that’s accusing everybody of being a Russian agent. Anybody that is opposed to her is a Russian agent. So that’s a scam that was pretty much put down. Tulsi, I don’t know Tulsi, but she’s not a Russian agent. Everybody’s a Russian or a Russian agent or a Russian asset.”

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BLITZER: “Now, you’ve accused President Trump of being a Russian asset yourself. Do you have any evidence of that?”

O’ROURKE: “As a candidate in 2016, he asked on a stage for all the public to see for Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. We know that Russia followed suit that very day, agents began to track down Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. We saw him as President on that stage in Helsinki, Finland, next to Vladimir Putin, defending the leader of Russia that invaded and attacked our country instead of the intelligence community here in the United States. We know that he lied to investigators, obstructed justice, pressured other witnesses to lie in the investigation to determine Russia’s involvement and his Administration’s culpability in what happened to our democracy. And then we’ve seen him follow with President Zelensky of the Ukraine and now with China. So beyond the shadow of a doubt and for everyone to see clearly in black and white, this President has broken the law and he’s taken the side of Russia instead of the United States.”

BLITZER: “But are you suggesting he’s getting orders from Moscow?”

O’ROURKE: “I’m suggesting he’s working in the interests of Russia and defying the interests of the United States.”

BLITZER: “Maybe he believes — maybe he believes he’s working in his own self-interest but that doesn’t necessarily make him an agent of Russia.”

O’ROURKE: “Well, I’ll tell you. From his invitation to Russia, to become involved in this election, to his cover-up of what Russia did in this election, to his defense of Vladimir Putin on that stage in Helsinki, Finland, it really seems very obvious to me that he’s working in the best interest of that country against the best interest of this country. And then there are some unanswered questions. The transcript of what he said in a one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin where the — the evidence has been destroyed. The knowledge that he’s placing some things on NSC servers that should not be there that make it harder for us to learn the truth, and the fact that only thought the Mueller report, the reporting from the press and whistleblowers within the White House do we really learn the truth.”

BLITZER: “So you’re not backing away from your accusation that he’s a Russian asset?”

O’ROURKE: “I think he’s working in the best interest of Russia, working counter to the interest of this country. And we see it in what I’ve just said, we see it in what he just did in Syria, which benefits not the United States, nor those service members who are being pelted by the Kurds, that they’re being forced to leave behind, and as your correspondent in the field just said, compromises their position and their supply lines to whose benefit? To Iran, to ISIS, to Assad, and to Russia.”