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Intel Chair: 'No Evidence of Collusion' Between Russia and Trump Campaign

House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speak with the media about the ongoing Russia investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein - RTX315V0

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Fox News Sunday that he has yet to see any evidence that Russia and the Trump campaign colluded during the election.

The Hill:

Nunes was asked during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” if he has seen any evidence of any collusion between “Trump world” and Russia to swing the 2016 presidential election.

“I’ll give you a very simple answer: ‘No,’ ” Nunes said.

“Up to speed on everything I have up to this morning. No evidence of collusion.”

Nunes was also asked whether he thinks there are elements inside the intelligence community or FBI leaking information to undercut the Trump presidency.

“It’s pretty clear that that’s happening,” he said.

“There’s even been stories written about it in numerous newspapers talking about how they said they left breadcrumbs around to hurt the Trump administration.”

When pressed again on whether he believes there are people inside these intelligence community leaking information, Nunes said he doesn’t “think so anymore.”

“I think it was largely people maybe who were there, had classified information, who are now no longer there and decided to leak it,” he said.

All of the dot connecting we’ve been hearing from Trump opponents over the last few months is being done with invisible dots that only they can see. When you’re making extraordinary charges against  a sitting president — and there’s no more explosive accusation than claiming the president of the United States is a traitor — you should have a little bit more evidence than this person met with this Russian on such and such a date.

Democrats are desperate, obviously, but the real problem is that they are simply in denial. They refuse to accept that their candidate was the weakest from their party in more than a generation, was almost universally unliked, and that nobody trusted her. She had nothing to offer the voters — no discernible program or policy — and what ideas she did promote were not popular.

How does all that translate into certain victory, if but for those nasty Russians colluding with the Trump campaign?

Even when the FBI, the NSA, and the CIA all report that there is no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign committed treason, the narrative — like the tall tale of Al Gore’s victory in 2000 — will never die.