Trump slams Russia probe as 'illegal takedown'

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks upon his departure from West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the federal probe into whether his presidential campaign worked with Russia to sway the 2016 election, and encouraged a look at “the other side,” after the Justice Department said on Sunday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion.

“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida. “This was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully, somebody’s going to be looking at the other side.”

Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Peter Cooney