If Democrats were counting on an October surprise — or rather, a “Hunt for Red October” surprise involving Donald Trump and ties to Mother Russia — to sink the GOP’s nominee’s prospects, The New York Times just torpedoed those designs.
Hillary Clinton and her dutiful minions in social media have been tossing out all sorts of suggestions that the Republican nominee has suspicious — even nefarious — ties to Russia
Now, along comes a report in the Grey Lady — the newspaper that tries to paint the Trump election effort black whenever possible — a report that doesn’t come through this time with the kind of ammo the Times’ chosen candidate may have been counting on.
The FBI, reports The New York Times, has turned up no incriminating links between Trump’s campaign and Putin’s Russia, but not for lack of trying.
“Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead — which they ultimately came to doubt — about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank,” The Times reported.
Alas: “Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.”
Well, at least the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign didn’t put too much stock into the febrile conspiracy theories surrounding the Kremlin and its ties to The Donald or any of his campaign interests — oh, wait, yes they did. In fact, their defense of anything Clinton-related over the past two months has been an attempt to avert the media’s gaze onto perfidious Moscow and its supposed meddling in the election.
In fact, the apex of the most frenzied Russian scare since America electrocuted Julius and Ethel Rosenberg was arguably this Sunday, when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid tacitly accused FBI Director James Comey of covering up Trump’s Russian ties while restarting the Clinton email investigation.
“In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity,” Reid wrote.
“The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.”
Reid continued by saying that, “I have here in my hand a list of 205 Trump campaign officials that were known to the Secretary of State as being members–” … oh wait, sorry. Wrong senator. You get these things confused so often in this line of work.
Sen. Reid isn’t even the highest-ranking elected official engaged in Putin-baiting to try and secure Trump’s defeat. NBC News reported that the Obama administration is preparing a cyber strike against Russia for the alleged hacking of Hillary’s campaign emails.
Gee, another red line in the shifting political sands.
Vice President Joe Biden was even willing to go on record with NBC’s Chuck Todd and say that “we’re sending a message” to the Russians over the hacks, and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
When asked if the American people would know whether this happened (especially given the fact that he’d just told the world it would) the vice president pretty much kept it 100 percent Biden and said, “Hope not.”
Words fail me in the same manner that I wish they failed Biden.
Yet, after months of trying desperately to connect the sketchy dots, the FBI — an agency, I would like to point out, is under the aegis of the Obama administration — has concluded that there is absolutely no link between the GOP nominee and anyone from the Kremlin.
Next smear, Hillary?
Meanwhile, after that silly waste of resources, the Democrats are still complaining that Trump’s “affinity for Russia’s president … and the hacks of leading Democrats like John D. Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign, are clear indications that Russia has taken sides in the presidential race and that voters should know what the FBI has found,” The Times said.
Whatever. If that’s what gets you through the night while the FBI — now apparently with the questionable help of Loretta Lynch’s DOJ — searches through the 650,000 emails on the laptop of a serial pervert tolerated by Clinton’s inner circle for far too long, go for it.
In the meantime, Democrats, please don’t force your ridiculous Kremlin paranoia on the rest of us. We have reality to contend with.