Even after Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World and back, some naysayers surely clung to their shattered superstitions like life preservers after a shipwreck. “Who cares what Columbus says?” they likely whined. “The Earth IS flat. Columbus must have turned around and come home before he fell over the edge.”
Today’s Democrats resemble those 15th Century bitter-enders. No matter what, many insist that Donald J. Trump and Russia colluded to win the White House. Even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation finally repudiated their destructive myth, they still scream: “Collusion!”
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D - California) is the spiritual leader of the Congressional Collusion Caucus. He told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday: “I did say that there is ample evidence, and indeed there is, of collusion of people in the Trump campaign with the Russians.” Schiff told the Washington Post,“Undoubtedly there is collusion.”
Rather than extract proof of these grave charges this week, my three phone calls and three e-mails to Schiff’s office and communications director Patrick Boland yielded silence.
Representative Eric Swalwell (D - California) likewise parrots this Big Lie. As he told Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum on Tuesday about Trump, “Just because he’s not been criminally indicted for collusion doesn’t mean he has not conducted colluding behavior with the Russians.”
Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, said Saturday, “You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power, to undermine and influence our elections.”
Two finished inquests and a preview of a third all debunked “Trump-Russia collusion.” Here’s what Democrat collusioholics ignore:
Robert Mueller’s 19 prosecutors were hardly Trump lovers. They included at least 14 Democrats, 12 of whom were campaign donors. Two maxed out to Hillary. Prosecutor Jeannie Rhee represented the Clinton Foundation. Aaron Zebley lawyered for Justin Cooper, Hillary’s aide who smashed her mobile devices with a hammer.
Despite Team Mueller’s sparkling Leftist credentials, “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” as Attorney General William Barr’s March 24 letter to Congress summarized. Indeed, Barr wrote, Mueller learned that GOP operatives ignored “multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.” Thus, Mueller will issue no further indictments.
Team Mueller’s judgments were sober. Across roughly 22 months, Mueller and his 19 prosecutors deployed 40 FBI agents. They asked 13 nations for evidence. They executed almost 500 search warrants, grilled some 500 witnesses, and issued more than 2,800 subpoenas. Mueller’s probe was no moist finger in the wind.
Mueller’s verdict mirrors the House’s intelligence panel’s March 22, 2018 decision: “The Committee found no evidence that meetings between Trump associates — including Jeff Sessions — and official representatives of the Russian government — including [Moscow’s] Ambassador Kislyak — reflected collusion, coordination, or conspiracy with the Russian government.”
The then-GOP House Intelligence Committee’s “no-collusion” conclusion emerged after it interviewed 70 witnesses and reviewed 300,000 documents — hardly a superficial exercise.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s final study is expected in August or September, per NBC News. Meanwhile, Chairman Richard Burr (R – North Carolina) told CBS News last week that “we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.” Burr was even clearer Tuesday: “There is no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
As of February, Senate Intelligence had spent two years conducting 200 interviews and scrutinizing 300,000 records. Thus, its preliminary no-collusion results stand on solid ground.
All told, some 770 interviews and 600,000 documents (perhaps with some overlap) have prompted three independent investigations to declare — two definitively and one initially — that “Trump-Russia collusion” is a hoax.
How much more proof do Democrat flat-Earthers need before they can handle the truth?