After two years of investigation, the conclusion on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with a hostile foreign power has been reached — and the mainstream media and Democrats are not happy.
The chairman of a bipartisan investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee told CBS News that there is zero evidence of any collusion.
The assessment will come as a relief to the White House, which has complained for years that the Trump administration has been mistreated. The president himself has repeatedly complained that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling has devolved into a partisan “witch hunt” that unfairly targets members of his 2016 presidential campaign.
A number of Trump associates have been arrested and charged during Mueller’s investigation — but they’ve all been accused of crimes unrelated to the election, such as tax evasion or misleading investigators.
No evidence of collusion has yet been presented by Mueller’s team, which is expected to present it’s own conclusions by the end of the month.
According to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings, no evidence has been presented… because no evidence exists.
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And this isn’t just a friendly political stunt by Republicans. In fact, the top investigators were called the “last bastion of bipartisanship in Washington” by CBS News in their Thursday report.
After years of digging, Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the intelligence committee from North Carolina, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, have reportedly found absolutely no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” Burr flatly told CBS News.
Things are expected to wrap up quickly and their final report will be presented soon, Burr said.
“We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there are no new questions that we’re searching for answers to,” Burr said.
The Senate investigation has included more more than 200 witness interviews and the review of thousands upon thousands of documents regarding the 2016 election and foreign meddling. The investigation began around the same time as a House Intelligence Committee investigation was launched in early 2017.
Republicans on the House committee released a report in April 2018 that also said there was no evidence of collusion. At the time, Democrats and the mainstream media dismissed the report’s findings.
House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-C.A., was accused of failing to conduct a full investigation and of being friendly with the White House.
Burr has faced no such criticism by Democrats — which adds significant weight to the conclusion.
“He and Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the committee, have largely operated in sync during the Senate probe,” The Daily Caller reported. “Burr noted in his CBS interview that he and Warner agreed early on that they would only take major investigative steps, subpoenas or witness interviews, only if both of them approved.”
“The Committee will follow the intelligence wherever it leads,” the senator’s joint announcement read in January 2017. “We will conduct this inquiry expeditiously, and we will get it right.”
What they’ve reportedly found is exactly what Trump has been saying all along.
— Stephen Dietrich is the Associate Publisher of The Horn News