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Trump denounces Russia probe in NRA speech

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President Trump addresses the NRA convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018.  (NBC News) President Trump addresses the NRA convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (NBC News)

DALLAS (AP) -- Taking a break from the escalating pressures of the Russia probe and the Stormy Daniels case, President Donald Trump returned to his supporters at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Dallas on Friday.

He pointed to skepticism from a federal judge in Virginia who has questioned special counsel Robert Mueller's authority to bring charges against the president's former campaign chairman.

Trump read from a news article about the case in his address to NRA delgates.

The judge asked pointed questions about whether prosecutors are trying to get former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to "sing" against the president.

Trump asked whether this has "anything to do with the campaign?" The president said, to cheers: "We're all fighting battles, but I love fighting these battles."

The president told NRA members his administration is "fighting to protect your Second Amendment, and we will protect your Second Amendment."

The president told tens of thousands of attendees that their right to bear arms is "under siege," but he pledged that those rights "will never, ever be under siege as long as I'm your president."

Trump did not elaborate on how the Second Amendment is under siege.

The president addressed the NRA gathering nearly three months after a deadly shooting at high school in Parkland, Florida.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Washington contributed.

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