To Prove Trump Colluded, You Have to Prove the Crime Happened
There is a single, undisputed fact at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation: That the Democratic National Committee was hacked in some way in 2016, exposing emails that were subsequently sent to WikiLeaks for publication.
That’s…that’s about all there is.
Despite what you will hear from the mainstream media, it is NOT undisputed that Russia was involved in these hacks. Russia denies it, but that’s to be expected. More troublingly, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied that Russia was the source for the emails from Day One. Of course, that simply led Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans to accuse WikiLeaks of being a bought-and-paid-for Russian outlet, another accusation for which there is no evidence. The president himself has had access to the highest levels of top-secret documents on the “meddling,” and he, too, has cast doubts on Russia’s involvement.
Put simply, not everyone is convinced. The media has done their best to ignore the counter-theories, because they don’t fit into the “Hillary Clinton was robbed by Russia” narrative that Clinton herself has worked overtime to build. They ignore the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former NSA officials – not kooks, but actual former analysts in the nation’s top security agency – who say there’s simply no way the DNC servers were hacked from an outside entity. Drawing on their knowledge of how quickly the downloads occurred, they insist that the emails could have only been smuggled out on a thumb drive by an in-person saboteur. And unless said saboteur was working for the Kremlin, that alone blows the Russia conspiracy theory out of the water.
All of this isn’t to necessarily say that Russia wasn’t responsible for the hack. Maybe they were. It’s tough to dispute the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community, all of which are in harmony about their conclusions. They may be right. But there’s a difference between being right on the facts and being able to PROVE those facts in a court of law. And if Robert Mueller isn’t able to prove that Russia was responsible for the crime, then how in the hell can he prove that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia on that crime?
The fact that this entire investigation was triggered by a piece of opposition research from the Clinton campaign still stuns us to this day. The fact that we’re more than a year into this investigation and Mueller has yet to find a single shred of evidence proving “collusion” is just as astounding. Either Trump is some kind of SuperCriminal, the likes of which the world has never seen, able to collude with a foreign government right under the watchful eyes of the most penetrating intelligence agencies in the history of the world…or there is no THERE there. It’s all smoke and mirrors and political gamesmanship.
The longer this goes on, the more we suspect that’s the case.