As the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 General Election continues to develop, one anti-Trump Democrat has had to make a startling admission.
According to Townhall, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper where she answered the question of whether or not she found evidence that the Trump campaign acquired information about Clinton from the Russians. “Not so far,” she said.
Sen. Feinstein, who is a member of both the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked on Sunday on State of the Union about a former Trump campaign advisor and his role in alleged Russian collusion. George Papadopoulos pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with a Russian professor who promised him information regarding Hillary Clinton.
“Have you seen any evidence that this dirt, these emails, were ever given to the Trump campaign?” Mr. Tapper asked Sen. Feinstein.
“Not so far,” she responded.
Tapper then asked, “Have you seen any communications that suggested that the Trump campaign wanted them to release them through a different means?”
“I have not,” the Senator responded.
Tapper then spoke to the topic of President Trump not remembering a meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos where the then-campaign advisor brought up the idea of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Tapper asked whether Sen. Feinstein believed him, she responded by saying that she’s not sure.
“I think we have got committees looking, both Intelligence and Judiciary,” she said, according to Real Clear Politics. “And these things are hard to ferret out exactly what went on, and people often don’t give you the straight scoop in terms of their testimony. So, we will see how that turns out.”
President Trump had previously said he didn’t remember the request from his former campaign adviser, instead saying, “Few people knew the young, low-level volunteer named George,” and that “It was a very unimportant meeting. It took place a long time ago. Don’t remember much about it.”
Throughout the year, investigations have yielded little proof that any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign took place. The infamous Trump dossier, which alleged that the Russians had compromising information on the presidential candidate, turned out to have been funded by the Clinton campaign as well as the Democrat National Committee, according to The Washington Examiner.
Clinton campaign lawyer Mark Elias hired the Democrat-aligned opposition research firm Fusion GPS and received over $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016 from the campaign. Elias received another $3.6 million from the DNC in “legal and compliance consulting,” although what portion of these proceeds went to Fusion GPS is still uncertain.
Earlier in the year, Project Veritas reported that CNN Producer John Bonifield was caught on camera admitting that there was “no real proof” concerning the Trump-Russia narrative, admitting that the story was simply “good for business right now.”
Sen. Diane Feinstein admitted that she doesn’t believe the Trump campaign gained information about Hillary Clinton from the Russians. Does this surprise you?
“I think the President is probably right to say, like, ‘look, you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof,’” Bonifield said.
In contrast with other Russia-related scandals plaguing the Democrats, the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians lacks evidence – something that even Sen. Feinstein was willing to admit.