(NationalSentinel) Political Intelligence: Top Democrats are now beginning to quietly admit that there isn’t any reason to believe all of the hype that President Donald J. Trump and Russia colluded to steal the election from Hillary Clinton, with some even worrying that their party’s voting base will be disappointed, even outraged, than no such evidence can be found.
As noted by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, writing at The Intercept, one of those top Dems used to run the CIA under President Obama.
Former acting CIA head Mike Morrell, who endorsed Clinton in the pages of The New York Times in August (despite her stupidity in using a personal, unsecured email server to handle uber-secret intelligence and was likely hacked by foreign governments), said last week at an intelligence community function that while there may be some “smoke,” there definitely was “no fire” regarding the alleged collusion. “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it,” he said.
And he also cast many doubts on the previously discredited “dossier” on Trump, saying that its author, Christopher Steele, paid intermediaries to talk to the sources for it. The dossier, he said, “doesn’t take you anywhere, I don’t think.”
He’s not the only intelligence official who says so. Greenwald wrote:
Morell’s comments echo the categorical remarks by Obama’s top national security official, James Clapper, who told Meet the Press last week that during the time he was Obama’s DNI, he saw no evidence to support claims of a Trump/Russia conspiracy. “We had no evidence of such collusion,” Clapper stated unequivocally. Unlike Morell, who left his official CIA position in 2013 but remains very integrated into the intelligence community, Clapper was Obama’s DNI until just seven weeks ago, leaving on January 20.
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In addition, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are not only admitting there is nothing to the story, they are worried how that conclusion will play with their voters:
Perhaps most revealing of all are the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee — charged with investigating these matters — who recently told BuzzFeed how petrified they are of what the Democratic base will do if they do not find evidence of collusion, as they now suspect will likely be the case. “There’s a tangible frustration over what one official called ‘wildly inflated’ expectations surrounding the panel’s fledgling investigation,” BuzzFeed’s Ali Watkins wrote.
Moreover, “several committee sources grudgingly say, it feels as though the investigation will be seen as a sham if the Senate doesn’t find a silver bullet connecting Trump and Russian intelligence operatives.” One member told Watkins: “I don’t think the conclusions are going to meet people’s expectations.”
Writes Greenwald: “But with serious doubts — and fears — now emerging about what the Democratic base has been led to believe by self-interested carnival barkers and partisan hacks, there is a sudden, concerted effort to rein in the excesses of this story.”
And who has confidently said all along there is no such collusion? That would be the president himself.