Senate investigation of Trump-Russia ties falls asleep
Apparently, there is so little substance to see that the much hailed "bipartisan Senate investigation" into purported contacts between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia doesn't even have a full-time employee. Does this sound as though they are hard on the trail of shocking revelations?
Tim Mak of the Daily Beast reports:
The Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russia's election interference is supposedly the best hope for getting the public credible answers about whether there was any coordination between the Kremlin and Trump Tower.
But there are serious reasons to doubt that it can accomplish this task, as currently configured.
More than three months after the committee announced that it had agreed on the scope of the investigation, the panel has not begun substantially investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, three individuals with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast.
The investigation does not have a single staffer dedicated to it full-time, and those staff members working on it part-time do not have significant investigative experience. The probe currently appears to be moving at a pace slower than prior Senate Intelligence Committee investigations, such as the CIA torture inquiry, which took years to accomplish.
The great virtue of this approach from the perspective of the Democrats is that it keeps the subject open for years and years, so they can still cast aspersions without having to come up with any evidence at all.