The Daily 202: New transatlantic rifts underscore why Russia preferred Trump in 2016 election
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THE BIG IDEA: President Trump’s accusation that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower was always a red herring.
The mainstream media’s stories about the Sunday shows all led with the top Republican and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee saying there is no evidence to support Trump’s allegations in new documents turned over by the Justice Department. FBI director James Comey may say the same thing when he testifies before their panel today during a high-profile hearing on Russian attempts to interfere in last year’s election. That would be a big deal, though it was also pretty obvious from the moment the president first tweeted his flimsy claim 16 days ago that he had nothing to substantiate it. The most striking moment from the Sunday shows came when Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) , the ranking Democrat on House Intelligence, suggested that there are indications of “collusion” between Trump campaign figures and Russian operatives. Make no mistake: Schiff, who graduated from Harvard Law School, understands exactly how freighted that word is in the legal context. “There is circumstantial evidence of collusion,” Schiff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”