by John Gibson
Democrats are demanding an investigation of President Trump over connections to Russia.
In Democrat world the primary evidence that there is something to investigate is the firing of Michael Flynn, the newly appointed National Security Adviser.
Flynn had conversations with one or more Russian officials, which were monitored by our spies. The transcripts of the conversations were released--leaked--embarassing Flynn, and proving that when he told Vice President Pence nothing was discussed about sanctions against Russia he was not telling the truth. As the President later noted in a news conference, that was "unacceptable" and he was fired.
But the conversations with the Russians were not themselves a problem. Flynn was about to become National Security Adviser. He should talk to the Russians.
Then a story popped up in the New York Times that said the Trump Campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence agents. Funny thing about that story. Right in the first three grafs comes this information: "The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election. The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation."
Ok, so nothing here, right? Move along, nothing to see?
Trump is talking to the Russians is enough of a story to run with all sorts of wild, fantastical, conjurings. Like, Trump is a Putin Puppet. Trump is doing the Kremlin's dirty work. Trump is engaged in treason. Believe it or not, that was actually the subject of an interview on CNN conducted by a near hysterical Erin Burnett. The person she was interviewing, former Attorney General Micheal Mukasey, kept asking her "What's the crime?", a question she had to leave unanswered.
The number two guy at the FBI, Andrew McCabe, told Reince Priebus the New York Times story was BS, using the full phrasing. Priebus asked him to make a public statement to that effect. FBI Director James Comey said no, we're not doing that.
Then Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, came forward to say his committee has been looking into Russian activities related to our elections, but that there was no evidence the Trump people were in cahoots with the Russians.
President Donald Trump wants better relations with Russia and Vladimir Putin. So did George W. Bush. He got burned by Putin. So did Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and they got burned by Putin. History suggests Trump will get burned as well because, well, Putin does that.
But what's so wrong with Trump trying? It was fine when Hillary and Obama was doing it. Now it's a sign that the President is undermining American values, or is a crime, or should be a crime, or is treason, or should be treason.
What's up with this outbreak of Russia fever?
One word: Trump.
The facts remain the same since election day.
Democrats were stunned they lost. Now they're embarrassed and humiliated they lost. They are lashing out anywhere.
The Russia kerfuffle is just the latest but won't be the last.
It's just too hard to look in the mirror and realize the person staring back at you is the reason there is a President Trump.