Excerpted from an article by Ken Dilanian for (doubtlessly disappointed) NBC News:

After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigationinto the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee.

But investigators disagree along party lines when it comes to the implications of a pattern of contacts they have documented betweenTrump associates and Russians — contacts that occurred before, during and after Russian intelligence operatives were seeking to help Donald Trump by leaking hacked Democratic emails and attacking his opponent, Hillary Clinton, on social media.

“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an interview with CBS News last week.

Translation:  Trump and his people had contact with Russians.  No evidence of any collusion regarding the election, but they did have contact.

Gee, didn’t the Hillary Clinton campaign have contact with Russians?  Uh, wasn’t the “Steele dossier” the product of a British national using almost exclusively Russian sources?.  Didn’t that have something to do with the 2016 election?

I guess that’s just not important enough to discuss.

If you read Mr. Dilanian’s entire article (and you’ve got the link to do it), you’ll find that, true to NBC form, in the absence of anything actually incriminating to hold against Trump he tries as best he can to insinuate there might be without any evidence to back it up.

This includes the following “fake news” passage”

“Donald Trump Jr. made clear in his messages that he was willing to accept help from the Russians,” one Democratic Senate investigator said. “Trump publicly urged the Russians to find Clinton’s missing emails.”

Those facts are beyond dispute.

Yeah, right.

President Trump’s sarcastic, offhanded comment, which me made during a press conference in July, 2016, was a serious admission that he colluded with Russia.

In case you forgot, here were Trump’s exact words at that time:

 “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.  I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Suuuurrre.  No sarcasm there. Trump just decided, during a press confererence in the middle of his presidential campaign, seriously instructed Russia to try and find Hillary Clinton’s “missing” emails – you know, the ones that media were as uninterested in finding as they could get away with.

This, folks, is why, when Trump talks about “fake news”, so many people listen.

Do you blame them?

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