In April, LU noted somewhat incredulously that New York Times op-ed writer Paul Krugman was still clinging to the heavily debunked notion that the Mueller report had established that the Trump campaign colluded with Russsia.
So all the “fake news” was true. A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House. The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it. And once in power, Trump tried to block any inquiry into what happened.
We assumed that like the handful of soldiers separated from their unit on some remote island who continued to fight World War II decades after its end, Krugman was the last man to learn the war was over. We were wrong.
As Fox News reports, on Wednesday Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the House Democratic Caucus chairman, claimed as TV cameras rolled:
Seventeen different intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered with our election, attacked our democracy for the sole purpose of artificially placing someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They were successful, and that’s also what the Mueller report shows.
Talk about being late to the party! Below is a video of Jeffries’s statement in which he goes on to submit that the Democrats’ ongoing obsession with “the untold truth” behind the Mueller report “is not a politically inspired witch hunt.”
Here, as a reminder to Jeffries and all the other island dwellers, is what the Mueller report concluded:
[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.
While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges. Among other things, the evidence was not sufficient to charge any Campaign official as an unregistered agent of the Russian government or other Russian principal.
That’s a far cry from the claim that “eventeen different intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered with our election.”