When questioning the former CIA director, John Brennan, Trey Gowdy (of Benghazi infamy) asked a question that would have put the “Russia” issue to bed for Trumper voters. It is quite clear that the answer has him wishing he could have the question back. When he asked, directly, “did evidence exist of collusion, coordination, conspiracy, between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors” the answer was that there was, and it was known in the Summer of 2016:
“I have encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump Campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals and it raised questions in my mind whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.”
Here is that clip:
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) May 23, 2017
That means, in other words, of course, there was reason to investigate. Brennan had previously made it clear to Gowdy that he doesn’t deal in “evidence,” he deals in intelligence and information, which he passes on if it is concerning. He passed that information and intelligence that was concerning to the FBI.
So, Gowdy insisted on using the word “evidence” as it was used by other laypeople, even Democrats have used the word “evidence.” Brennan was clear, there was enough reason to be concerned in the intelligence gathered that he sent it to the FBI — so, if we put that in layman’s terms as Gowdy insists, that’s evidence that collusion is possible.
There was enough evidence for warrants, enough to cause an investigation into collusion — we know because we know the FBI is investigating it. The problem is that Gowdy asked a question about what is usually the conclusion of an investigation — the process to find evidence and information for use in a trial should wrongdoing be found — to try to throw Brennan a question that would yield an answer Trump could use to run his propaganda efforts to persuade his voters that there is, “nothing to see here, Dem witch hunt, look away, now.”
All Gowdy’s question did was confirm for the country that there was sufficient smoke to look for flames.
Here is the full video, Gowdy is around the 8-minute mark:
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