Al Franken: ‘Everything Points Towards Russia Collusion’
This is notable as Franken is always very measured and precise in his language:
“Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Tuesday that “everything points to” collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.”
“My feeling is that there was some cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russians. I think everything points to that,” Franken told former late-night host David Letterman during a discussion about Franken’s new book.
“Franken, pointing to the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller special counsel to lead the investigation into Trump’s Russia ties, did not provide evidence to support his accusation, the AP reported.”
“They just haven’t been acting like people who have nothing to hide,” Franken added.
Which is not to say he doesn’t have this evidence just that he’s not talking about it publicly.
And as Franken says, it’s hard to square a Trump team wholly innocent with pushing Comey to limit or end the investigation and firing him when he wouldn’t.
As for the old saying It’s the coverup not the crime remember that was Nixon’s line.
Scott Dworkin from the Dem Coalition just put out this tweet:
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 31, 2017
Dems have been cautious as they want to bring along some GOPers in Congress-GOP controls Congress, unfortunately, at least until 2018 election.
But what Franken is saying here is perhaps in the same neighborhood as an impeachment demand. After all, if there was any sort of what Franken calls cooperation between Trump and Russia that should be enough for impeachment. And then there are the issues of firing Comey, daily emoluments violations, and what Kushner-which you very much doubt was against Trump’s wishes-to establish a ‘back channel’ communication with Russia inside the Russian embassy, all this before Trump was President.
Impeachment seems to be an idea whose time is at least coming.
“Another vocal group of people with strong feelings about Donald Trump, are those wishing to see him removed from office, ASAP. And according to a new POLITICO poll, that number is rapidly increasing.”
“What a difference a week makes, right? Last week, only 38% of those polled wanted Trump impeached; that number is quickly approaching the half mark 43% would now like to see Donald Trump removed from office.”
“Donald Trump clearly knows that he is disliked, he continues to resort to using social media to inflate his own ego and present a false narrative of success. Moreover, it seems he expected his travels abroad to help his approval rating, but a number of blunders ensured that wouldn’t happen.”
‘If President Trump was hoping his foreign trip would shift the conversation away from scandals, he may be out of luck. Over the last week, support for beginning impeachment proceedings among voters rose from 38 percent to 43 percent.’
“Not only is the number of people who want to see Trump impeached, increasing, so is the percentage of those who feel he is incompetent. POLITICO further reports that 54% of people believe Donald Trump.”
It seems to me the you didn’t start seeing impeachment percentages for Nixon until later in 1973. Then again, Nixon didn’t fire the Special Prosecutor until way late in 1973.
As for GOP help, there are four GOP Senators who do seem to be taking Russia seriously:
“They are a disparate foursome: the chamber’s leading Republican centrist, a minister who embraces public service as a calling, a seasoned dealmaker and a high-profile presidential contender.”
“These four Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Marco Rubio of Florida — are emerging as a bloc integral to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.”
“The investigation is widely considered the premier inquiry, the one with the necessary jurisdiction and the best chance of producing a credible outcome. These four senators loom large as a crucial element in getting there.”
“Despite early skepticism about the Republican-led panel’s commitment to the investigation, the four have made it clear that they are determined to see it through to a conclusion that would satisfy the public and their colleagues in both parties. To get there, they will have to slog through thousands of pages of raw intelligence held by the C.I.A. and devote untold hours to grinding committee work behind closed doors.”
“This is not about the president, this is about the presidency,” said Mr. Lankford, who was a longtime Baptist youth minister before he entered politics. “This is about where we are as a nation.”
“Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the panel, has shown an increasing zeal for pursuing the question after an uncertain start. He and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee’s ranking Democrat, have forged a solid working relationship.”
“Three other Republicans are also playing a role: John Cornyn of Texas, who as the No. 2 Senate Republican brings a leadership perspective to the investigation; Jim Risch of Idaho; and Tom Cotton of Arkansas.”
“But it is notable that the other four have quietly coalesced into something of an informal working group within the Intelligence Committee, pushing the investigation forward and consulting not only with each other and Mr. Burr, but also with Mr. Warner.”
“We are working very hard and we talk a lot with one another, as well,” said Ms. Collins, who said the investigation would “take as long as required.”
“This is a complex investigation, and as you pull the threads, you find that it is connected to a whole lot of other threads in this tapestry that we are not yet seeing the whole of.”
If you’re looking for a handicap of the odds, I wouldn’t put impeachment as that likely before next year’s election. But we are swimming in uncharted waters.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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