Friday, the House Intelligence Committee released its final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, concluding that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the election. The report calls contacts between the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks website “ill-advised,” as was the decision to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary (she didn’t, and the meeting was cut short.) But the Committee found no evidence of actual collusion. The only people who were engaging in a secret plot to pay Russians for dirt to influence the election were the DNC and the Clinton campaign.
Naturally, Democrat Adam Schiff, who pops up on TV more often than Poppin’ Fresh the Pillsbury Doughboy, slammed the Republicans for not allowing for an adequate investigation. Spending over a year and millions of taxpayer dollars to investigate collusion and finding absolutely no evidence that collusion existed could mean only one thing: they haven’t looked hard enough.
It reminds me of the old joke about the drunk who was looking for his car keys under a street light: he explained that he dropped them a block away, but the light’s better here. The idea that if you just keep looking for evidence of collusion, you’re sure to find it is like thinking that the drunk will eventually find his car keys if he just keeps looking under the street light long enough. At least the drunk had an excuse for thinking like that: he was drunk.
It also pays to read the footnotes of the House Intelligence Committee report. That’s where we discover that a group of wealthy Democratic donors from New York and California forked over $50 million to fund the investigation by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS and a former aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein which resulted in the scurrilous Trump-Russia “dossier.” Yes, that’s the same Diane Feinstein who unilaterally released the full transcript of the Senate testimony of the co-founder of...Fusion GPS! She later blamed her breach of ethics on a “bad cold.”
It does sound as if there’s some sort of widespread infection in Democratic circles, but it’s more likely Trump Derangement Syndrome. I can’t help thinking of how much good those donors could have done by giving that $50 million to legitimate charities instead of sleaze merchants. Maybe someday they’ll eliminate the middle man by just giving their own money directly to their pet causes instead of spending it on scurrilous oppo research so that Democrats can get elected and give other people’s money to their pet causes.
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