This article by Patrick Howley originally appeared at The American Spectator:
Top Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Thursday that they have not yet seen any evidence that the Donald Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election, even as hearings meant to probe the unsubstantiated claims dominate Capitol Hill.
“I think, uh. I haven’t seen the evidence because it hasn’t been made public,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire told The American Spectator during recess in a Foreign Relations Committee hearing featuring Madeleine Albright. “So I’m waiting to see what the intelligence committees come up with.”
“Um, the investigation is ongoing,” Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told The American Spectator, declining to confirm that he has seen any evidence.
“Well, I think there’s a bunch of really really suspicious contacts” Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico told The American Spectator. “And the timing, and the contacts, it doesn’t look good for them. It looks very very suspicious.”
Pressed on evidence, Udall confirmed that he has not seen definitive proof. “There is significant evidence that there were a number of contacts, and the question is, what was said? It looks very suspicious.” Democrats have been focusing on the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Trump campaign surrogate, met with the Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention at an event set up by the Obama State Department and co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation.
“That’s why they’re having the committee hearings today, and I haven’t seen the results of the committee hearings yet,” Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said. “And I haven’t seen the results of the committee hearings yet.”
“I’m going to my hearing,” Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey told The American Spectator, laughing nervously.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, would not answer The American Spectator‘s repeated questions about the lack of evidence, even though he stated in the hearing in no uncertain terms that “Russia sought to undermine and interfere in our elections.”
Both the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees convened hearings Thursday to investigate the Trump-Russia suspicions, which so far have not been backed up by a single piece of incontrovertible evidence.
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Petition to Expel Maxine Waters from Congress Reaches 100,000 Signatures
A petition on the official White House government website to expel Congresswoman Maxine Waters from the House of Representatives reached 100,000 signatures on Thursday. The petition, hosted through the ‘We the People’ function of the White House’s website established in 2011, reached the necessary amount of signatures required to receive an official response from the Executive Branch under the loosely-followed rules of the platform.
The petition made it clear that those who signed were appropriately calling upon Congress to act, as expulsion from the House of Representatives would require a 2/3rds majority of U.S Representatives to vote for it. The White House potentially could call upon Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to allow a vote on the expulsion.
The petition made its case for expulsion on the basis of Waters’ “calling for attacks and violence against all Trump officials,” in reference to Waters’ remarks at an open borders rally, when she told progressive agitators that “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Ironically enough, Waters’ demand that her followers badger and harass Trump administration personnel backfired badly, finding herself in turn overwhelmed with armies of conservative patriots demanding her impeachment during town halls held in her Los Angeles congressional district. Waters had also been confronted by Big League Politics’ Laura Loomer, and refused to retract her demands for the harassment of Trump supporters.
The President himself could be interested in calling for expulsion proceedings for Waters, based upon his own statements in regards to her history of aggressive, belligerent calls for personal attacks against her political opponents. In his most recent Montana rally, the President described Waters as being a “low IQ individual,” speculating that her IQ was probably somewhere around the mid-60’s. It’s even possible that some Congressional Democrats would find themselves relieved to be rid of one of the most deranged, insane, and hateful Members of Congress ever to serve in the House, allowing a vote on Water’s expulsion to reach a wide bipartisan majority.
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