This weekend, President Trump pointed out the disturbing irony of the James Comey memos. To wit, it was Comey’s memos, leaked illegally to the media, that inspired the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Which is to say that the current iteration of the FBI’s Russia investigation was started by an act of illegal leaking. Trump’s premise was that this made the entire Mueller appointment illegitimate, which, while it may not make much difference to the reality of the investigation, certainly drove the point home about this partisan witch hunt.
But then something even more extraordinary happened.
Rep. Devin Nunes, who has now had a chance to look at the FBI’s unredacted mission statement about the initiation of the investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016, told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo that the DOJ launched the controversial investigation without any evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Trump or his allies. If true, this would not only mean that the Trump/Russia investigation is a political witch hunt TODAY, but that it had always been one from the very beginning.
Which, of course, would not surprise us in the least.
“This is really important to us because the intelligence investigation uses the tools of our intelligence services that are not supposed to be used on American citizens,” Nunes said. “So, we’ve long wanted to know – what intelligence did you have that actually led to this investigation? So what we found now after the investigators have reviewed it is in fact there was no intelligence.”
“Mr. Chairman you’ve got to explain what you just said,” replied Bartiromo. “I think this is extraordinary. That you’re telling us that in order for the FBI, the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into so-called collusion between President Trump and the Russians there was no official intelligence used. Then how did this investigation start?”
“I think that is the point,” Nunes said. “We don’t understand and never understood.”
To call this a problem would be putting it mildly. The Democrats are out there filing lawsuits against the Trump campaign and telling anyone who will listen that they have MOUNTAINS of evidence proving that they colluded with the Russians. Well, you would think by now that just one – JUST ONE – scrap of that evidence would have been made public by now…especially considering the leaky nature of this administration. Instead, we have a situation where Congress has to FORCE the Department of Justice to come up with a justification for opening this investigation, and they simply can’t do it.
They. Simply. Can’t. Do. It.
Shut it down.