One of these stories is not like the other. . .
Story # 1:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Saturday there “was never any collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians.” Nunes called on Washington to “stop chasing Russian ghosts around the closet.”
Nunes remarks came a day after President Trump seemed to acknowledge that he is under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey. While addressing GOP donors in Orange County CA, Nunes said that after he had searched for any evidence of collusion, “I said ‘OK, I don’t think there’s any collusion here.’ And what happened to me? All the major papers in the country did a total character assassination on me. Why? Because I was telling the truth, that there was never any collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians.” Nunes continued saying, “I have to ask myself, was this really an investigation in search of a crime? And I will tell you, if that’s what it ends up being, there will be a huge, huge division in this country.”
Nunes had served on the president’s transition team and stepped aside from leading the investigation into Russian interference when it was announced that the House Ethics Committee was investigating his handling of classified information. At the Orange County event this weekend, Nunes suggested that the Russia investigation was distracting Washington from more pressing policy concerns. He said Republicans must do a “better job selling” their health care reform, for example, but that “part of [it] also means that we have to stop chasing Russian ghosts around the closet and actually get to real work.” The crowd applauded Nunes as he dismissed the Russian investigation. He got, even more, applause when he faulted the media for the shooting at the congressional baseball practice last week.
“Every night there’s a news story that runs that … has something in common,” he said. “It’s anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and promotes this nonsense that you’re seeing with protesters everywhere. And they continue to promote it, which continues to promote violence. And you see the latest fiasco with, you know, cutting off Donald Trump’s head to attacking him on stage or having a Julius Caesar play look like it’s him on stage. So, it didn’t surprise me, quite frankly.”
That’s the first story…Nunes says the investigation should be over, no evidence.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia and obstruction of justice is “only getting started.”
Representative Adam Schiff, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” said Trump appears intent on “taking down” Mueller, the former FBI director who was appointed to lead the federal investigations. “The president wants to take down Bob Mueller. His lawyer wants to take down Bob Mueller. And the question is why?” Schiff said.
Schiff went on to describe his rationale for “Why?” the president would be focused on taking down Mueller: First, chip away at the legitimacy of the investigator and go from there.
“They’re essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor,” Schiff said. He finished by urging his Washington colleagues to let Mueller follow through in the investigation as he deems necessary. “We ought to let him do his job,” Schiff said. “He is just getting started.”
So which story is more true? Is Nunes right: “There was never any evidence of collusion.” Or is Schiff right: “Mueller’s investigation is just getting started.” We look forward to your comments.