How Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee bungled another coverup

In a completely unexpected development, the House Intelligence Committee announced this week that its exhaustive investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election has concluded, and there is no evidence of collusion between anyone in the Trump campaign and Russia. Case closed! What a relief.

Maybe it was because the news broke just before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired — as was one of Tillerson’s close aides, as was the president’s “body man,” who apparently has some gambling issues (no security risk there) — but the Intelligence Committee’s exoneration of the president didn’t make quite the splash they were no doubt hoping for. Or maybe it was because by now the House Intelligence Committee has all the credibility of the 6-year-old down the street who tells you that his dad is an astronaut who plays in the NBA and invented skateboards. If President Trump wanted a whitewash, he certainly could have done better than this.

In their yet-to-be-released report, the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee grudgingly admit that Russia did attempt to meddle in our election, but they make the extraordinary claim that the Kremlin did so without any preference as to who would win. This is in direct contradiction of the American intelligence community, which last year released its collective judgment that “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

It also flies in the face of everything that went on in broad daylight: When the Russians hacked into Democratic party emails and released them with a timing meant to maximize damage to Clinton (one set was released during the Democratic convention, and the …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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