Amid Donald Trump’s sharply sinking prospects of surviving his criminal scandals, and his clear inability to do anything to save himself (Matt Whitaker was supposed to save him?), Trump has turned to a new tactic: pure unadulterated delusion, from anywhere he can get it.
Last week Republican Senator Richard Burr, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that his committee’s investigation hasn’t yet found evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. There are a couple obvious reasons why this remark is problematic. First, the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t tasked with investigating collusion; it’s tasked with investigating Russia’s attempts at altering the outcome of U.S. elections. Other investigative entities are tasked with investigating collusion instead.
Second, while Burr hasn’t quite tried to pull a Devin Nunes with his committee’s investigation, he’s a Republican, so – at the least – he’s going to tell Donald Trump what he wants to hear. But don’t tell that to Trump, who decided to take Burr’s words as gospel.
Trump tweeted: “Senator Richard Burr, The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that after almost two years, more than two hundred interviews, and thousands of documents, they have found NO COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA! Is anybody really surprised by this?”
This prompted Democratic Senator Mark Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intel Committee, to quote Trump’s tweet while adding his own retort: “Looking forward to the tweets when Senate Intel releases its final report to the public.” The clear implication is that the committee’s report will be full of incriminating things about Trump and Russia, and Trump will go berserk on Twitter accordingly.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report