By William A. Jacobson–Clinical Professor of Law , Cornell Law School
Unless there are more facts that come out, the charges that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the campaign should go down as one of the most preposterous and dangerous conspiracy theories in recent political history.
It is a theory pushed relentlessly in the media and by Democrats to try to undermine our political institutions, including the Electoral College. It is the foam coming out of the mouths of Democrats and #NeverTrump Republicans. It is spread with reckless abandon by Twitter and social media personalities you never heard of until they started shouting that Trump and his cohorts had committed treason; now they have hundreds of thousands of followers who retweet by the thousands every innuendo.
I wrote about this back in February, The fact-free Intelligence Community-Media trial of Trump by innuendo. Yet what evidence is there even now to support the conspiracy theory? As of this moment, apparently none.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein, certainly not sympathetic to the Trump administration, was just briefed along with other Senators on the Intelligence Committee at CIA headquarters and appeared on CNN.
Wolf Blitzer asked her straight out: “Do you have evidence that there was in fact collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign?”
Her response: “Not at this time.”
To which Blitzer responded (comment partially cut off in short clip below): “That’s a pretty precise answer, I know the investigation is continuing.”
This continues a long line of informed people denying evidence of collusion, such as Former DNI Head Clapper: No Evidence of Ties Between Russia, Trump:
Former President Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press that evidence between President Donald Trump and Russia do not exist:
We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, “our,” that’s N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report.
And in March, Sen. Chris Coons walkbacked his suggestion of incriminating transcripts: “I have no hard evidence of collusion” between Trump world and Russians.
Keith Koffler summed it up:
Okay, how many months into this are we? How much screaming, shouting, handwringing, dyspepsia, and psychiatric care have people had and done over this issue? How many pundits have lectured us over the gravity of this situation?
And still nothing. Nada. Zippo.
Democrats, you lost the election. Go figure out a new plan and stop trying to pretend that the Cossacks swept in and stole this from you.
Unless and until actual evidence surfaces of illegal conduct involving the Trump campaign that affected the election, the people shouting treason should shout it into the mirror.