Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have announced they’re officially shutting down their investigation into Trump/Russia collusion after concluding that no evidence has been found to link Russia with the Trump campaign. The timing of this announcement makes sense, as it roughly corresponds with more unified calls by Republican leaders for a second special counsel. This new special counsel would investigate partisanship and conflicts of interest within the FBI that affected its role in quashing the Hillary email investigation and also in obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign associates to explore alleged ties to Russia.

Democrats on the Intel Committee –- and everywhere else, for that matter –- are screaming, saying a thorough investigation was not done. (This after the committee examined over 300,000 documents; interviewed 73 witnesses; held 9 hearings and briefings; and heard a mind-numbing 230 hours of testimony.) Ranking member Adam Schiff of California is particularly rankled, even though in recent months he’s had to back off claims of having evidence. He has no evidence of collusion, because there’s no collusion to have evidence OF. He claims the decision to close down is a cover-up; how Republicans are covering up while calling for another special counsel to look into related activities is a mystery. What, is he afraid this special counsel will be stacked with partisan Republicans the way the Mueller team is full of partisan Democrats?

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Rep. Schiff, if you insist committee Republicans are wrong and there truly is evidence of collusion, let’s see it. You said you knew it existed. You’ve had 14 months to reveal it. You could put all this to rest, so come on. And if you already have it, why do you want to keep digging by subpoenaing people’s phone and bank records and more, to follow these roads “wherever they would lead,” as you put it? You want to do that because you’re still fishing, with the goal of finding something, anything, to associate with President Trump. That’s not how our system of justice works --- or at least is supposed to work.

One Republican member of the committee, Tom Rooney of Florida, went “rogue” on CNN and said there actually was evidence (unspecified, naturally) that the Russians were helping Trump and wanted to hurt Hillary. Notice he didn’t say “colluding” with Trump. He agreed the investigation needed to end, but for a different reason: the committee has lost credibility. “We’ve gone completely off the rails,” he said, “and now we are basically just a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day’s news.”

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He does make a point (though it should be noted that Adam Schiff is known to have been a prime leaker). But if that’s what is happening with the committee, it gives Republicans even more reason to turn the investigation over to a special counsel. At this point, the investigation is so politicized that the Democrats on the committee are expected to issue their own report, just as they created their own memo, which gets us exactly nowhere.

Of course, Rooney was welcomed with open arms at CNN, and he generated screaming headlines about Trump and Russia, but his statements were so contradictory that he didn’t really make sense. “I don’t know that necessarily there was a full-fledged campaign to do everything that they (Russia) could to help Donald Trump,” he said. “I think that their goal was chaos,” he said, adding, “To say that we have seen or read evidence that says ‘we have to get Donald Trump in there,’ I don’t know that that’s true.” So, now Rep. Rooney, by saying the Russians’ goal was to create chaos, is AGREEING with the conclusion of the other Republicans on the committee. My head hurts.


Guess who else is slamming Republicans for closing their investigation down? Eric Holder. “Politics beat a desire for truth,” he said. (This from the attorney general who was held in contempt of Congress. My head hurts even more.) But it’s no wonder Holder is upset, because the House Intel investigation is likely to be replaced by a special counsel with the power to subpoena him and his former colleagues at the DOJ and State Department.

You know it’s bad for Democrats when even SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is admitting there is no evidence of collusion…




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Comments 1-5 of 34

  • Carmine Basciano

    03/14/2018 06:42 PM

    Dear Mike , your story is dead on accurate and I think all this nonsense regarding the investigation must end.

  • Pat McRedmond

    03/14/2018 10:24 AM

    Russia had HiLIARry bought and paid for and vulnerable to blackmail.Think Clinton Foundation donations.
    Why would they want to help defeat her?? Unless even they realized what a disaster she would be.

  • Les Spousta

    03/14/2018 01:04 AM

    Governor, You are right on all of these matters. It is time to put the committee to bed and then seek the special counsel's closing statements in the next couple of weeks and then close his investigation as well, which as become a fishing expedition to see what in the world could possibly tumble out that might in any way reflect an iota of damaging information. P

    I think we also agree that President should not agree to an interview with Mueller or ti any kind of direct testimony to the special counsel.
    If President Trump would agree to speak with Mr. Mueller, it is likely, as is the case with most of us, would not remember some small detail of his fiances over the last 40 years so that could become the new headlines if the President were to actually agree to be interviewed by Mueller. Not a good idea, not because the President is hiding anything, but because he is too anxious to help get the investigation over, he might miss speak in some small way, such as giving an incomplete address for a specific property or not remembering the exact amount of some business transaction in Europe 35 years ago. So, best to let his capable lawyers to do all of the talking .

    Let us get on with getting the new special counsel in place so that we can follow all the tons of real evidence about President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to include all of the Secretary's lapses in judgment and in breaking the law relative to a personal server and tens of thousands of lost emails that could have provided countless information harmful to our Nation and dangerous to our those who serve this Nation. Then we can go back and really find the whole truth about Benghazi, the IRS, an any number of other illegal, unethical, unconstitutional actions that President Obama took or allowed his cabinet, his czars, or many in his administration to get away with all while he continued to say, "I never heard about any of this before I heard it on the News. I know nothing." This all needs to happen quicly before he becomes a radio or TV personality telling his own version of God knows what.




  • Ruth Ferraro

    03/13/2018 07:30 PM

    Thanks for your news letters. They are filled with important unbiased information. God bless you!

  • Glenn Parker

    03/13/2018 07:11 PM

    First, Rep. (and I use the term loosely) Schiff (and his ilk) would only be happy if the Fake-Russia Collusion investigation continued to the end of President Trump’s second term. Second, the Democrats are fiercely afraid of a REAL investigation into the REAL Russian collusion by a REAL Special Counsel as many of them, I believe, would be under indictment in a much briefer timeframe than the time currently spent be Mueller and his band of ambulance chasers......not to mention the (obvious to me) collusion by the FBI and other Obama-appointed three letter department heads and their ilk to bury real lawlessness on the part of She Who Shall Not Be Named and OTHERS.....just my opinion.