Market Watch: Top Democrat says there’s smoke, but ‘no smoking gun’ yet in Russia probe
WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said there was no proof so far of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign, as Congress geared up for a week of high drama highlighted by the testimony of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.
“Listen, there’s a lot of smoke. We have no smoking gun at this point,” Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said on CNN. “But there is a lot of smoke.”
As congressional Republican leaders begin a push to produce a legislative accomplishment before an August recess knowing the window of opportunity is closing, a series of hearings into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and other challenges that have beset the Trump administration — threaten to derail their plans.
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Update: Warner on Russia probe: 'We have no smoking gun at this point' (The Hill)
WNU Editor: There has never been any proof of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign .... and saying that because Trump campaign workers met Russian officials .... or even worked with Russians in the passed is evidence of collusion .... is what is leading Democrat lawmakers (and the media) to now say this .... Warner: Possibility of Trump's interference 'very, very troubling' (UPI). Bottom line .... they have nothing .... because if they did it would have been raised months ago. The media excitement right now is focused on former FBI Director Comey's testimony later this week .... Comey-mania about to take over Washington (CNN). Here is another prediction .... it will also be a big nothing .... but the media and those who pray for impeachment will be touting it as just another indictment of President Trump and one more step towards impeachment. Speaking of impeachment .... here is the new strategy on how the impeachment of President Trump should proceed .... The best way to keep Trump in office would be to try to impeach him too soon (Jane Chong, Washington Post).
Update: The push-back on former FBI Director Comey's upcoming testimony is beginning .... Conservatives torch Comey’s credibility ahead of Senate hearing (McClatchy News).