The Morning Briefing: Election Day, RUSSIA, Guns and Much, Much More
Good Tuesday morning.
Here's what is on the president's agenda today:
- The president departs for San Diego, CA
- President Trump reviews border wall prototypes
- The president delivers remarks to members of the military
- President Trump travels to Los Angeles for a private residence
- The president participates in a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters
A word on the special election in Pennsylvania: There is a special election today in Pennsylvania between a sleepy Republican candidate and a moderate Democrat who appears far more conservative than the progressive nutters fighting to take back the House in other races around the country. We are told that these are "litmus tests" for the #resistance but it will only be a litmus test if the Democrat wins. If the Republican wins, the race will be forgotten. My prediction: no idea, it's a toss-up.
House Intelligence Committee is done with its RUSSIA investigation
The House Intelligence Committee has wrapped up its RUSSIA investigation and is working on a report. The report found that there was no "collusion" between RUSSIA and the Trump camp.
According to [Rep. Mike] Conaway, the draft report is 150 pages, draws on 73 witness interviews and over 300,000 documents and also agrees with the intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He says it notably disputes the assertion from several intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton and raises questions about the accuracy of the underlying intelligence behind the intelligence community’s determination.
“We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment,” he said. “But only Tom Clancy … could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever, and weave it into some sort of fiction, page-turner, and spy thriller.”
President Trump tweeted in response to the news: "THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION."
California Democrat and leaker of information from the intelligence committee Rep. Adam Schiff said, "By ending its oversight role in the only authorized investigation in the House, the majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly."
The Democrats will not be happy with anything less than a finding of "guilty" on all investigatory fronts no matter what. None of the Democrats are undertaking a good faith investigation of what kind of influence the RUSSIANS had on our 2016 presidential election. The entire RUSSIA collusion theory is merely a PR effort and a tool to undermine the president and foment discord in America, which is, coincidentally, also what the RUSSIANS want. Neither Schiff nor any other Democrats have produced evidence of a partnership between the Trump campaign and RUSSIA, no matter how many times they hit the media and pretend that they have. It's a simple question: what was the product of this purported partnership between Trump and RUSSIA? No Democrat can answer that.