During an interview today House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) continued to confirm what even Democrats are beginning to admit, that there was no Russian involvement with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year.
Nunes was responding during an interview on Fox News Sunday when asked if he has seen, up to this point, any evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
“I’ll give you a very simple answer: No,” Nunes said.
The House Intel Committee Chair continued by saying, “Up to speed on everything I have up to this morning. No evidence of collusion.”
Despite their investigation into Trump-Russia connections appearing to be a wasted effort, Nunes said that one crime they have uncovered is the leaking of Michael Flynn’s name and transcript of his call with the Russian ambassador.
During the interview Nunes was also asked if he believes there are leakers within the intelligence community who are actively trying to undermine Trump’s administration. “It’s pretty clear that that’s happening,” Nunes responded. “There’s even been stories written about it in numerous newspapers talking about how they said they left breadcrumbs around to hurt the Trump administration.”
Although Nunes admits he feels there were elements in the intelligence community leaking sensitive information, he believes those employees are no longer present.
“I think it was largely people maybe who were there, had classified information, who are now no longer there and decided to leak it,” he said. “Clearly to leak Michael Flynn’s name talking to the Russian ambassador,” Nunes said. “That was clearly designed to hurt Gen. Flynn and the president’s national security adviser.”
For even the loudest Democrats and pundits claiming “Russians may now be controlling our government”, as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow claimed earlier this month, the time is rapidly approaching when they will have to admit their error. The “Russian spies” narrative can only be pushed so far and once the investigation is concluded, Trump’s critics will be lacking the cornerstone of their main attack strategy.
Key Democrat officials are now warning their base not to expect any “smoking gun” in the Trump-Russia investigation, as even leftwing journalist Glenn Greenwald admits.
Perhaps most revealing of all are the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee — charged with investigating these matters — who recently told BuzzFeed how petrified they are of what the Democratic base will do if they do not find evidence of collusion, as they now suspect will likely be the case. “There’s a tangible frustration over what one official called ‘wildly inflated’ expectations surrounding the panel’s fledgling investigation,” BuzzFeed’s Ali Watkins wrote.
Moreover, “several committee sources grudgingly say, it feels as though the investigation will be seen as a sham if the Senate doesn’t find a silver bullet connecting Trump and Russian intelligence operatives.” One member told Watkins: “I don’t think the conclusions are going to meet people’s expectations.”
The Democrats seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel, frantically hoping to find evidence of Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians, and fearful of how their base will respond when their inflated charges are proven false.
Although the most fanatic of anti-Trump protesters are unlikely to change their mind, even when Trump is cleared of all charges, the conclusion of this investigation will effectively disarm one the media’s most important narratives to delegitimize the president’s administration.