Two top Democrats who promoted the Russia-collusion claim against President Trump haven’t given up, despite the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe and other investigations.
Now, Hillary Clinton is suggesting that Trump colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to carry out the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.
“I would love to see his phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol,” said Clinton in an interview, released Monday, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the podcast “You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton.”
Pelosi said: “With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin. I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin.”
Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016, claimed he has a “disdain” for democracy and followed “other agendas” in the White House. She wants to know to whom he was “beholden.”
Byron York at the Washington Examiner said the comments by Pelosi and Clinton are evidence that Trump Derangement Syndrome hasn’t gone away and that the Democrats remained obssessed with Trump.
“You will not be surprised to learn that President Trump dominated the conversation,” he said. “The two reached back into the Trump-Russia matter — what the president calls the ‘Russia hoax’ – to call for yet another Trump investigation.”
York noted Clinton’s theory “was that the Russians, acting through their puppet, the President of the United States, were behind the Capitol riot.”
“Do you think we need a 9/11 type commission to investigate and report everything that they can pull together and explain what happened?” Clinton asked Pelosi.
Pelosi unleashed on the president, recalling an October 2019 meeting at the White House in which she pointed her finger at him and stormed out of the room.
“To your point of who was he beholden to,” Pelosi told Clinton, “as I said to him in that picture with my blue suit, as I was leaving, what I was saying to him as I was pointing — rudely — at him, ‘With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin.’
“I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially, or personally. But what happened last week was a gift to Putin, because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world,” Pelosi said. “And these people, unbeknownst to them, they are Putin puppets. They were doing Putin’s business when they did that at the incitement of an insurrection by the President of the United States. So yes, we should have a 9/11 commission.”
York pointed out there were House and Senate investigations of Trump and Russia along with the special counsel investigation.
“All searched for that much hoped-for Putin connection that would prove ‘collusion’ in the 2016 campaign and cement Democrats’ allegation that the president was a ‘Putin puppet,'” he argued. “Two investigations were by Congress, with its limited investigative powers, but the third, by special counsel Robert Mueller, had all the authority of U.S. law enforcement. And none — none — could establish that ‘collusion’ ever took place.”
Clinton wrote in a recent commentary that the Jan. 6 riot was the result of “white-supremacist grievances.”
A House investigation uncovered the fact that Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the infamous, anti-Trump “dossier” of Russian propaganda that fueled the Obama administration’s Trump-Russia probe.
Declassified revealed then-CIA director John Brennan told President Obama of Clinton’s plan to link Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her of a private email server” while she was secretary of state.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified Brennan’s handwritten notes of the meeting along with a CIA memo revealing officials referred the matter to the FBI for a possible investigation.
Ratcliffe said he has sent the documents to the House and Senate Intelligence committees. U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting a criminal investigation of the Obama administration’s Trump-Russia probe.
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