Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, surprised many by saying the “big story” that came from former FBI director James Comey was that the Trump-Russia collusion theories were falling apart.
One of the most significant attacks made by Trump critics was that he and his administration was connected to Russia and thus twisted the outcome of the election. Matthews insisted that despite several other issues still floating around, this issue has been put to rest:
“The big story to me has always been … the assumption of the critics of the president — of his pursuers, you might say — is that somewhere along the line in the last year the president had something to do with colluding with the Russians, something to [give] a helping hand, encouraging them, feeding their desire to affect the decision in some way. And yet, what came apart this morning was that theory in two regards.”
Matthews goes on to state that Trump even said to go after anyone in his operation and “nail them”:
“The president said that according to the written testimony of Mr. Comey, go ahead and get anybody satellite to my operation and nail them. That would mean Manafort, Carter Page, someone else like that. […] Comey said that basically Flynn wasn’t central to the Russian investigation, that he was touching on it. […] They could flip him because they had him caught on something he dishonestly answered, but he wasn’t central it seemed to the Russian thing. […] And if that’s not the case, where’s the there there?”
While Comey did say that the President didn’t obstruct justice, he did say that some conversations between Trump and himself were troublesome. However, he didn’t reveal why this was the case:
“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning.”
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Credit: The Washington Times