Friday, April 27, 2018

TRUMP IN HOG HEAVEN: GOP House Intel Committee — No Trump-Russian Collusion

Joy in Mudville may be short-lived
(So, hold the Champagne)

Trump's mood at this stage of all the investigations
(BTW: Three still ongoing)

Washington (The AP) – April 27, 2018: The Republican-led House intelligence committee officially declared the end of its Russia probe, saying in its final report that it found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential race.

(I Note: The Republicans on this House committee (originally headed up by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for a while, until he had to step aside due to his own questionable interactions with Trump and the White House that raised eyebrows, had earlier announced its findings a month ago. 

Also, keep in mind that the major three investigations still in progress: One by special counsel Robert Mueller, and probes by the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees still in progress).

This House report's conclusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats, who say the committee did not interview enough witnesses or gather enough evidence to support its finding. The investigation began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling.

This House panel did find that Russia sought to sow discord in the U.S. through cyberattacks and social media. Ironically, some portions of the public report are redacted for national security reasons (the catch-all phrase used to cover sensitive issues or cover asses as well). Needless to say, some Republicans say they will pressure intelligence agencies to be able to release more information.

In a statement, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), leading the investigation, said he was “extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the intelligence agencies.”  

Conaway also said many of the blacked out details include information already public such as witness names and previously declassified information and concluded that the committee had pledged to be as transparent as possible with the report, adding: “I don't believe the information we're releasing today meets that standard, which is why my team and I will continue to challenge the IC's many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months.”

(My Insert: Can we now expect another Trump tirade on FAUX and Fiends: “See I told you no collusion – no collusion – a witch hunt – Fake News. Believe me…”).

My 2 Cents: The House GOP is playing raw politics to keep the Trump base in tow for the midterm election in November abundantly clear with this premature report while adding they “will release more in the coming month as more evidence is unredacted.”

So, how wimpy is that? 

What if new compelling evidence directly hits Trump in those new releases

This premature GOP House “clearance” is a raw rabidly GOP move that is both routine and typically their style: Misplaced agenda items designed to prop them up in the November upcoming mid-term elections, which I predict will be full of dirty tricks, which the GOP has a flair for. So, wait, watch, and wonder. 

At the same time, keep in mind that there is still have a long to go with the three on-going investigations. 

Finally and BTW Mr. President: You always end a lot of your statements by saying “Believe me.”  Well, sir, quite frankly, we do not believe you – now or ever.

Stay tuned.

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