Everybody, even Congressional Republicans, knows that popular vote loser Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election as a direct result of collusion with Russia. The real question is how deep and wide the massive corruption went.
Just based on how desperately Republicans in Congress are trying to deflect attention from the probe, the connections probably run pretty deep into their offices as well. Those attempts to thwart the investigations may well backfire spectacularly, as reported by Reuters.
David Nunes, chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and a close Trump ally, met in secret earlier this year with a White House aide and then accused Obama officials of requesting the names of U.S. citizens seen in intercepts of communications with Russians and other foreigners. The investigation provided zero evidence that Nunes’ claims were even remotely accurate.
Reuters points out:
The reports contain no evidence that any aides to former Democratic President Barack Obama acted improperly, the sources said, but they do indicate some Trump associates may have violated an obscure 1799 law, the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with a foreign government that has a dispute with the United States.
The spying reports also are relevant to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into conclusions by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia worked to tilt last November’s election in Republican Trump’s favor, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“An obvious question is how all these meetings and conversations were set up,” said one of the sources. “Who set them up? What was their purpose? What were the agendas? Who approved them? Who was briefed on them afterward? Signals intelligence might shed some light on that.”
Seth Abramson explains more via Twitter:
Nunes, and a bunch of other congressional Republicans, may be in some pretty hot water along with Trump here. Hope they all come crashing down together.