6 The Russia Probe
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Ever since the culmination of the 2016 presidential election, leftist publications and pundits have insisted that the real reason Hillary Clinton lost wasn’t that she is corrupt and out of touch but that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to steal the election.
Although collusion isn’t a crime when it comes to federal elections and Russia and other countries have been interfering in US elections for decades, the Justice Department still appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counselto investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sniffing an opportunity to undermine the authority of the duly elected president of the United States, media outlets breathlessly waited for months for Mueller’s team to drop the hammer.
Yet after several indictments of minor campaign officials regarding unrelated technicalities and a smattering of embarrassingly blatant instances of fake news, Democrats seemed to realize that the collusion narrative was going nowhere and switched to accusing Trump and his team of obstruction of justice instead.
The Justice Department and the FBI have expended enormous resources pursuing a case that probably doesn’t exist. It’s practically undeniable that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election, but there’s still no evidence that Trump officials wittingly colluded with Russian agents to sway the election outcome.
What’s certain, though, is that at least one top FBI agent had to be removed from Mueller’s team due to obvious political bias. Special agent Peter Strzok called Trump an “idiot” in a text message, and that’s only the beginning of Strzok’s partisan behavior.