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With Russian interference in the US elections salient and still buzzing, a bipartisan committee was set up to inquire about any collusion between the President Trump and Russia in his run-up for the American presidency.
The Republican members of the committee concluded that although Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government did interfere in the election, it did not do so with the intention of assisting Trump.
Quickly buried, hardly had the initial findings surfaced, the Committee’s Chairman, Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, clarified that a full report would shortly be presented.
“Once the Committee’s final report is issued, we hope our findings and recommendations will be useful for improving security and integrity for the 2018 midterm elections”, he said.
Remaining unconvinced, Adam Schiff, the leading Democrat on the committee refused to accept this reading, insisting there was “ample evidence” of Russia having colluded with Trump.
“The Majority was not willing to pursue the facts…, (but the Committee intends to bring forward more)…witnesses like former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski…to answer questions”, Schiff said.
The Senate Intelligence and Senate Judiciary Committees were then persuaded to pursue independent investigations while Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller took up the slack with another fact-finding mission.
Meanwhile, Tom Rooney from Florida, a member of the House Intelligence Committee broke ranks with fellow Republicans over the contentious report telling a news channel there was ample evidence of Russian complicity.
In the eyes of the US President’s detractors, ‘consorting with the enemy’, is marked as a greater sin than either Trump’s immigration policy or his impulsive trade tariffs that have estranged both former friends and allies.
To add fuel to the fire, Trump dismissed his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a former military man.
When Pompeo’s name added to the list of the military men already in Trump’s inner circle – which include General John Kelly as Chief of Staff, General James Mattis as Defense Secretary and General H.R.McMaster as National Security Advisor, it would appear Trump is being compelled to stir up old hostilities, rather than consort with the enemy .