Obama Officials Say They Saw No Direct Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, House Intel Transcripts Show

Despite their concerns, newly released transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee show that Obama officials said they did not see evidence of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign conspiring with Russia.

The committee, which is led by chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), released 57 transcripts on Thursday of witness interviews that took place during the Russia investigation and related materials.

“The transcripts released today richly detail evidence of the Trump campaign’s efforts to invite, make use of, and cover up Russia’s help in the 2016 presidential election,” Schiff said in a statement on Thursday.

However, in the newly released transcripts, James Clapper, who was the director of National Intelligence under the Obama administration, said to the committee in 2017, “I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

“That’s not to say that there weren’t concerns about the evidence we were seeing, anecdotal evidence. … But I do not recall any instance where I had direct evidence,” Clapper said.

Additionally, Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice was asked by former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) during a hearing with the committee in September of 2017 if she had seen any “actual coordination between the campaign” in her “official capacity” in the previous administration.

Rice responded, “To the best of my recollection, there wasn’t anything smoking, but there were some things that gave me pause.”

She earlier had answered a similar question if she recalled seeing any evidence that suggested Trump “conspired” with Russia “to interfere with or influence the 2016 election.”

Rice said, “I don’t recall intelligence that I would consider evidence to that effect that I saw prior – of conspiracy prior to my departure.” She was then asked if she saw any evidence that would suggest Trump’s campaign colluded or coordinated with Russia, in which she said it was the same answer, that she does not “recall intelligence or evidence to that effect.”

Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser, in October of 2017, was similarly asked by Gowdy if he saw any evidence of collusion, to which he answered, “I wouldn’t have received any information of any criminal or counterintelligence investigations into what the Trump campaign was doing, so I would not have seen that information.”

Asked again later, Rhodes said, “I saw indications of potential coordination, but I did not see, you know, the specific evidence of the actions of the Trump campaign.”

In October of 2017, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power also was pressed by Gowdy, where she was asked a similar question.

“I mean, because the intelligence that I received came from the Intelligence Community, I had no – anything that would have come to me would have been in their possession first. They would have provided that,” she said, adding, “So I am not in possession of anything else that – any other information that came from, for instance, my diplomatic colleagues or from other sources.

This comes after then-special counsel Robert Mueller said that his investigation found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Responses

  1. Mueller’s team found no evidence of direct collusion; they did not find “no collusion.” Their investigation was hampered by the Trump administration’s near total shutdown of testimony, nearly as bad as what happened in the impeachment hearings. And still, the Trump team is appealing to the Supreme Court to keep those investigations (total vindication!) from being released to the public.

    Personally, it’s always been obvious to me that Putin had his arm up Trump’s butt, as deep as a veterinarian assisting a cow in crisis. But it seems “conservatives” lack the sight, and sense of smell, to tell them what is plainly going on.

    1. “Personally, it’s always been obvious to me that Putin had his arm up Trump’s butt”. What’s OBVIOUS to EVERYONE here after this is, YOUR HEAD IS UP YOUR OWN ASS.
      “But it seems “conservatives” lack the sight, and sense of smell, to tell them what is plainly going on”. BACK up your IDIOCY, dumbert. You sound just like schitt, evidence in “plain sight”, but you can’t cite any of it. Your IQ combined with contusion’s STILL doesn’t reach double digits. ANOTHER example of D-K. You DON’T HAVE ONE BIT of evidence about ANY CONNECTION between President Trump and Putin.

    2. Just AMAZING-“Mueller’s team found no evidence of direct collusion; they did not find ‘no collusion.’” WHAT OTHER kind of collusion is there? How many DIFFERENT DEGREES of collusion do you recognize? WHAT are the LAWFUL PENALTIES for EACH VERSION of collusion you seem to recognize?

      1. “Collusion” is not a criminal act. It’s not present in any criminal code. Conspiracy to commit some crime is itself a crime; collusion is not. Donald Trump can walk hand-on-pecker through the garden with Vladimir Putin, discussing all the ways they can work together and the ways their governments can collude, but unless they’ve got a violation of the US criminal code under discussion, it’s not a crime. He can subvert the interests of the United States, ignore the customs and integrity of the role of President, sell out his country and magnify his own greatness, but unless one of his acts breaks a particular criminal statute and somebody bothers to hold him to account and if he allows the evidence to be released to those who would judge him, then it’s all fake news, total vindication, no collusion.

        1. “sell out his country”. Give ONE REAL example, not an imaginary one that heard from the msm like that lyin-assed chuck todd, that Trump has sold out America?

      2. Mueller found plenty of evidence of collusion between the Trump election team and the Russians; he didn’t find evidence of a crime.

        1. mueller debunked his own report with that pathetic appearance before Congress.

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