When I decided [to fire Comey], I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.'
I don't understand the word following "You know, this ..."
If it's actually Russia, it doesn't sound like the second instance of Russia in the same sentence, which makes me think that he's not saying Russia. I hear something like ... rush her
Trump has been mistranscribed in the past according to this article
Maybe related, Trump sometimes slurs his words as witnessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmk6oC2CuT0
Is there an alternative word, that sounds more or less like Russia and would make more sense in that sentence?