Trump tweeted a video of an MSNBC segment Tuesday thanking the network for their report claiming that both Republicans and Democrats found no evidence of collusion (which he thinks isn’t a crime anyway) between Russia and the Trump campaign leading up to the 2016 election. The MSNBC report was based on last week’s statement by the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr, Republican.
“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” he told CBS News.
This latest MSNBC report claims that both Republicans and Democrats on the committee have come to the same conclusion. However, CNN reported on the same day that the top Democrat on the case rejected Senator Burr’s statement.
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, rejected Republican Chairman Richard Burr's recent statements that the committee has not found evidence of collusion https://t.co/ZNcjqBgqcZ pic.twitter.com/6kMtPYgoX3— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 12, 2019
“Respectfully, I disagree,” Warner said. “I’m not going to get into any conclusions I’ve reached because my basis of this has been that I’m not going to reach any conclusion until we finish the investigation. And we still have a number of the key witnesses to come back.”
Considering Burr’s statement that there would be no evidence of collusion “based upon the facts that we have” suggests that future facts, perhaps from key witnesses that the committee is not finished with, could present said evidence. Of course, Donald Trump jumps on anything he can find to promote his “no collusion” line. The only question is whether he missed CNN’s report or if he chose to ignore it, seeing as the CNN article was published nearly three hours before Trump’s tweet thanking MSNBC.
CNN also points out that Burr admitted the investigation is not over.
“The only thing I’ve addressed is whether we had facts that suggest there was [collusion]. We don’t have any,” Burr told reporters. “Just saying what factually we’ve found to date. We haven’t finished our investigation.”
And, of course, there’s still the matter of Mueller’s investigation, which is separate from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Twitter, as ever, is not letting Trump get away with it.
of course, you don't let the clip play out.. you edit it to support your purpose....— Jeanne Rhodes-Moen (@jeannius) February 13, 2019
Mueller begs to differ. enjoy prison, Babyhands McGrifter— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 12, 2019
Just because the Republican Senate says they haven’t seen evidence of collusion, that doesn’t mean Mueller hasn’t. Do you not understand anything?— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 12, 2019
Yet! Yet! Yet! Do they have your taxes! Do they have everything Mueller has? Has the GOP moved with alacrity to investigate or push for information? Answers to all is NO! NY State has some dandy lawsuits waiting for you and more to come. Your dishonest life is in the daylight.— Becky (@Becky54723532) February 13, 2019
Okay, so I listened and learned nothing new. Let’s not forget that key witnesses have been found guilty of LYING to that very committee. Let’s wait to see what happens when Cohen and others revisit with the committee. This is Trump trying to get ahead of very damning news.— Hal O. Penio (@jammindriver) February 13, 2019
But MSNBC is fake news. 🤷♀️ This doesn’t mean the investigation is over, it just means the Senate hasn’t found anything yet. Except that everyone surrounding your campaign is guilty.— Jennifer Sova (@JSova78) February 13, 2019
What’s really humorous, is that Adam Schitt complained about Mueller not doing enough. The hypocrisy is amusing. Twisting narratives.— 0b1/0b10000000000 (@WWG1WGA68665088) February 13, 2019
Trump feels the heat from Mueller. But Mueller is not going to stop looking. We aren’t either. #TrumpRussia— Thorsten (@Airvooocht) February 12, 2019
this just in : its not fake news if i agree with it— anyonebutclinton2020 🌊 (@A4OutOf10Dem) February 12, 2019
Those who know what "direct evidence" means as a legal matter see this as a complete non-story. Most criminal convictions are secured by "circumstantial evidence" (e.g., "smoking guns"), so saying there's no "direct evidence" doesn't mean there's not LOTS of evidence of guilt.— Bob Schechter (@BobSchechter) February 13, 2019
Oh so now NBC is reliable? You are the world’s most orange hypocrite.— m a u r o (@mauro_txt) February 12, 2019
Since you "accidentally" cut off the video of the original segment, which was 3:58 long, I decided to help you out, by including more info👇🏽— Chet Powell (@ChetPowell) February 13, 2019
You're welcome. https://t.co/z0wNNGDWKS
Nobody tell him that Mueller has a lot more information and resources and he's still hard at work. It's been a tough 24 hours for him what with Beto outdrawing him and him not getting any real wall money.— BobbyC (@SpankyHamm) February 12, 2019
Poor guy (no literally, pretty sure he's poor).
It is doubtful that this will influence the conclusions that Mueller comes up with. By the way, have you kept track of all the convictions and further charges to come? The only question is will any trump be named.— MHK (@MHK5314) February 13, 2019
I love how you thank the media when they say what you want, and rip on them when they don't. If you don't end up in jail soon my faith in the US legal system will diminish. You already should be due to money laundering.— Dana (@Danamarie1233) February 13, 2019
Wait.... is this you working hard at "Executive Time" because no other President has worked harder than you at, you know, "Executive Time"?— Beezie (@6335My) February 13, 2019
Public credibility-Trump v Mueller:— LeoKapakos (@LeoKapakosNY) February 13, 2019
So the news is only fake when the truth hurts your weak, cowardly, compromised ass? You’re demented. Resign. Oh and by the way, #MuellerIsComing.— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) February 13, 2019
Here comes the Mueller train, right to your doorway! Toot toot!