Over the week, aside from President Trump’s tweets regarding wiretapping, there was another headline that hasn’t made as much news. On Friday of last week, Democratic Senator Chris Coons stated he was aware of FBI transcripts which definitively illustrate Donald Trump colluding with Russian intelligence to alter the outcome of the 2016 election. As of Sunday, however, Senator Coons almost completely retracted that statement.

Report from WDEL:

Senator Chris Coons suggested the FBI has transcripts that might point to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians. On “Fox News Sunday,” the Delaware Democrat said that’s not what he was trying to say.

“What I was trying to do, and I think is important, is ti draw the American people to what joins us in common, which is the need for us to get to the bottom of this, to get access to what intelligence there is–I am confident that intelligence exists that is relevant to this question,” said Coons.

Coons added he’s seen no evidence of a conspiracy.

“I have no hard evidence of collusion–I think what hard evidence there may be will be discovered either through a full release of President Trump’s financial interests and concerns and taxes, or the intercepts that I believe our intelligence community and FBI have of conversations between and among Russian officials,” said Coons.

In other words, he believes that the transcripts, along with other unnamed evidence, points to Trump colluding with the Russians on the 2016 election. However, when pressed, Coons is admitting there is no such conclusive evidence. You wouldn’t know that from reading most of the stories on this topic which seem to insinuate that routine contact between a Russian ambassador and anyone associated with Donald Trump means they were working together to bring down Hillary Clinton.

Here’s Coons’ full interview from Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhe6IW7hsUM

The firestorm here is beyond proportion and it’s difficult to get hard truth from one side or the other. However, for Coons to walk back his statement clearly indicates that much of the reporting and controversy over the Trump-Russia connection is overblown at best, or partisan-driven at worst.

3 COMMENTS

  1. To Sen. Coons I can only say, Put up your evidence or shut up. You want Trump to show what he has so you can lead and show what you have. Also, there is no law requiring the President to show his tax return just as there is no law requiring that anyone be allowed to view others tax returns without their permission. If the IRS has approved them everyone should say nothing illegal was in them, unless, the IRS cannot be trusted, in which case they should be dismantled completely and restarted with someone the people can trust.

  2. Gee, Nate, do you think the clown administration could consider some basic transparency so as not to make an investigation near impossible? Ronald McDonald and his staff are desperately trying to prevent any kind of investigation into their business interests and Russian connections. If that isn’t enough to make you suspicious, you might be a lost cause.

    By the way, remember those times when Republicans wasted years investigating Benghazi, Hillary’s emails, Obama’s birth certificate, and a million other fabricated scandals? And when those investigations uncovered absolutely nothing, do you remember how Republicans didn’t care and just kept on repeating the disproven allegations?

    Do you think it’s a bit ironic that when the shoe is on the other foot, Republicans won’t even accept an investigation?

    Remember when Republicans randomly decided there would be no hearings for Supreme Court nominees as long as the President is a Democrat?

    One party has decided not to play by the rules. That means that the rules don’t exist anymore. We don’t have a government at the moment.

    If Gorsuch is confirmed, which I assume he will be, his presence will be ignored by those of us who recognize that his seat was stolen. The Supreme Court will no longer have any legitimacy.

    The next time Democrats are in power, they might decide to open up 20 new Supreme Court seats and appoint the justices without hearings. When you break the rules, it has the effect that the rules are then broken. They’re not coming back.

    The Republican party has decided to dismantle our system of democracy. This will sooner or later lead to either civil war or a complete restructuring of the American political system. I sure hope you and the other clowns think it’s all been worth it, when looking back.

  3. Trump has business interests (large and small), all over the world. Trump has failed to separate himself from his business interests and the presidency. Most recently, Trump registered 38 lucrative trademarks including restaurants and advertising, all business interests (and don’t forget those long neckties) in China. This violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

    It isn’t just China, Trump has amassed a vast portfolio of trademarks around the world, as he has sought to protect his brands and his products. For the past twenty years Trump has been courting the Russians in an attempt to get a financial footprint there. As recently as 2013, Mr. Trump, himself, was in Moscow entertaining government officials. He had sold Russian real estate developers the right to host his Miss Universe pageant that year, and he used the visit as a chance to discuss future development deals, writing on Twitter at the time: “TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW on the way” (Trump needs to remember that Twitter posts don’t just disappear).
    Shortly after his presidential campaign got underway, Trump registered eight companies that would be related to a development project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest city. “Saudi Arabia, I get along great with all of them. They buy apartments from me,” Trump said at a presidential campaign rally. Yet, 15 of the 19 men who made up the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Trump’s muslim ban list does not include Saudi Arabia.
    Trump owns or controls more than 500 businesses in some two-dozen countries around the world. None of these countries were named in his travel ban.

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