It’s not the crime, but it’s always the coverup that lands the killing blow.
At this point, nobody should be surprised at what’s in the quote-bombshell intelligence report on what Russia did to hurt Hillary Clinton and help President-elect Donald Trump.
It’s not a surprise that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”
It’s not a surprise that the Russians were behind hacking, “trolling,” and general disinformation campaigns to this end. This is one of their core competencies. It’s what they do.
What I don’t see is evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Putin or Russia.
If these charges of election-rigging are to stick, there really needs to be something there. Just the fact that Trump likes Putin’s style and has connections to Russian businesses is troubling, but not evidence of something more nefarious. As a matter of fact, those things are more explanatory than anything of Putin’s preference for Trump over Clinton, whose fumbling of our relationship with Russia is legendary.
What I also don’t see is evidence of a coverup. I see denials from the Russians, but who wouldn’t expect that? But everything Trump has said (and tweeted) and done points away from a coverup. Maybe the press should doggedly pursue that point–to prove Trump right, that the search for a link is a witch hunt–like David Fahrenthold did with Trump’s giving claims. That was a genuine coverup.
Trump survived that legitimate scandal–he lied, covered up evidence, and then called Fahrenthold a “nasty guy.”
I see the press and the Democrats ruffling their feathers in outrage, but I don’t see evidence of a cover-up. I don’t see even questions being asked to prove Trump right, that this is a witch hunt looking for a link that’s not there.
I’m not sure the press wants to ask the questions, because they’re afraid of the answer. But they should be asking, because either there’s something here that is far worse than not writing checks to veterans, or the Russians are just being like the Clinton campaign–who also did all they could to get Trump nominated–and Trump is right.