The House Intelligence Committee brought its investigation into the 2016 election to a close on Monday, announcing for all the world to hear that it found NO evidence that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government in the latter’s meddling. While the committee did conclude that Moscow had its grubby fingers inside the American democratic process, lawmakers concluded that the intelligence community was wrong to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Trump win the election.
Rather, they said, the original assessments were closer to the truth: The Kremlin wanted to sew discord and chaos in 2016, a goal the Democrats went out of their way to help them achieve.
“We found no evidence of collusion,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) told reporters on Monday. “We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings — but only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there.”
No one was more pleased to hear the committee’s findings than President Trump, who trumpeted the news on Twitter Tuesday morning.
“THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,” he wrote.
Naturally, the Democrats on the panel are upset about the conclusion of the investigation, which they had doubtlessly hoped to drag on through the midterms and use to put their faces on television for the remainder of Trump’s first term in office. Especially irritated was ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, who released a statement blasting Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and the rest of the majority.
“By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the Majority has placed the interests of protecting the President over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly,” Schiff wrote. “If the Russians do have leverage over the President of the United States, the Majority has simply decided it would rather not know.”
Okay, Adam. Please explain, then, how long we should allow this witch hunt to go on for. How long, exactly, does it take to determine whether or not Trump is secretly working for the Russian government? A year and a half is clearly not long enough, so tell us. Please. Two years? Three? Admit it, Schiff: You would drag this investigation out until 2024 if that’s what it took to make the most out of this transparent bit of political theater.
The House’s conclusions will not affect the work of the Special Counsel, but perhaps Robert Mueller will get the hint: Your investigation is a witch hunt, Americans already know it, and there are no more political victories to be had with this phony narrative. If you still care about your reputation as a man of the law, you might want to start thinking about wrapping it up.
Otherwise, it might have to be wrapped up on your behalf.