FBI Director James Comey told Congress that his agency is investigating President Trump’s campaign for evidence it colluded with Russia to influence
November’s election. The only problem is he has no evidence at all that it has taken place. In his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign’s possible coordination with Russia’s government as part of a “counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and last for months.”
These are serious allegations. But both Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, who also testified, agreed that there is no evidence so far of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Nor was there any evidence that Russia’s amateurish meddling in the campaign had any influence on voters, Comey said, echoing earlier comments by both former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
If this holds up, it’s a devastating blow to the Democrats, who were hoping to use what appears to be an entirely bogus scandal to gin up public opposition to President Trump, for the sole purpose of damaging his presidency — and, perhaps eventually, as a prelude to legal action or even impeachment proceedings.
We wonder: Is this how unhinged a political party gets after losing an election it
thought was a shoo-in? It sure seems that way. We’re glad Comey testified. Russian meddling in U.S. elections is a serious issue. But it shouldn’t be partisan, which is exactly what Democrats have made it to be.
Even the fact that Comey is disclosing this information now is suspect. He received
permission to do so from acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, an Obama
appointee, after President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself
from the investigation due to Democratic criticism and pressure.
So is this a case of remnants of the Obama administration in the “deep state” trying to damage Trump? Or just bureaucrats doing their job?
More to the point, transcripts of former NSA chief Michael T. Flynn’s tapped
conversations with Russia’s ambassador (which led to Flynn’s resignation) were clearly leaked in violation of the law.