For months, allegations have swirled in various circles that President Donald Trump has dubious connections to Russia, especially its strong man leader, Vladimir Putin.
The efforts to tie President Trump to Putin have only continued, especially in light of the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over his connections to Russia.
At a press conference on Thursday, Trump dismissed all accusations of a connection to Russia, labeling the various claims "fake news."
"And, you know, you can talk all you want about Russia, which was all, you know, fake news, fabricated deal, to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats and the press plays right into it," stated Trump.
"And I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia."
Here are five important things to know about the ongoing controversy. These include Trump's past business dealings in Russia, the hacking allegation, and the lack of evidence.