Here’s a thought to ponder going ahead: Let’s all just stop arguing over whether the Russians — government agents or “patriots” — hacked into the U.S. electoral system while seeking to influence the 2016 election outcome.
Let us now settle on the fundamental question: Did the Donald John Trump presidential campaign commit treason by colluding with the Russians?
Former FBI Director James Comey had much of the nation enthralled for two hours today as he testified before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. He confirmed what 17 intelligence agencies have determined already: The Russians sought to influence the election. Russian President Vladimir Putin — one of the more untrustworthy individuals on the planet — said that Russian “patriots” might have been responsible for the deed.
Now we get to the Main Event. The Seventh Game. The Bottom of the Ninth Inning.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has been handed a huge mound of information to digest from his former colleague, Comey.
The president had said Wednesday when word of Comey’s testimony leaked out that he felt “vindicated” by what he heard. After today, I’m betting real American money the president feels a whole lot less vindicated.
No one can know with any degree of certainty whether Mueller is going to produce evidence of criminality on the part of the campaign or the president himself.
Comey’s dismissal as FBI director, as he was investigating the Trump campaign-Russia allegations, was shocking all by itself. Then came the crap storm of motives, reversals, changes in story and contradictions — from the president himself.
And in the midst of all this, Donald J. Trump — of all people — called Comey a “grandstander” and a “showboat.”
Kettle, met pot.
I do not believe a grandstanding showboat appeared today before he Senate panel. I believe the nation saw a meticulous lawyer and administrator who defended the agency he led from unfounded attacks by the president of the United States.
James Comey, moreover, has handed Robert Mueller a full arsenal of ammunition to use as he continues his arduous task of determining whether there was collusion with an foreign adversary to undermine our nation’s electoral process.