The House Intelligence Committee (that title is now revealed to be an oxymoron) has concluded that, by golly, nobody in the Trump campaign ever did anything really bad with those Russians whom they met for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016. Perish the thought!
“We found no evidence of collusion. We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings,” Mr. Conaway [R-TX, leader of the investigation] said during a briefing with reporters on Monday afternoon.
Carry on, Mr. Trump! Nothing more to see here! You boys, don’t you do that again, okay?
Can you spell whitewash, class? This investigation has been a travesty since the day Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Fresno, CA) went to the White House to see intelligence reports and then briefed the President in March of 2017. He never got around to showing his fellow committee members what he had learned from those reports and he subsequently had to (supposedly) recuse himself as Chairman because of his inept behavior.
The investigation fell far short of interviewing relevant people.
Several witnesses thought to be central to the investigation never came before the panel, including Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; Mr. Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates; Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn; and Mr. Trump’s former campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, all of whom are under indictment by the special counsel.
I don’t know what you call that, but I call it malfeasance and a cover-up.
The haste with which this was “concluded” and announced today implies to me that Nunes wants to take as much heat off Trump as possible, and Trump is obviously happy to do so:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Now we have to hope the Senate Intelligence Committee’s and Special Counsel Mueller’s investigations continue unimpeded.