After two years and endless accusations by the liberal media that the 2016 Trump campaign somehow "colluded" with Russia to win the election, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee is confirming today -- as it nears the end of its investigation -- that it has found no direct evidence of collusion, reported NBC News and other news outlets.
"After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee," reported NBC's Ken Dilanian.
As reported last week, Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said, "if we write a report today, based on the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia."
Today's revelation by the committee about no direct evidence of collusion is a bipartisan conclusion. A report on the committee's investigation is not expected to be completed for another six months.
That report, according to unnamed Democrats cited by NBC, "will not be good for Trump."
"But they also made clear they haven't found proof of their worst fear: That the president formed a corrupt pact with Russia to offer sanctions relief or other favorable treatment in return for Russian help in the election," said NBC.
That's essentially "the ballgame," said Ed Morrissey of HotAir. "Having set the expectations bar at direct and outright collusion, anything less will be an anti-climax. ... [P]eople expected them to find actual evidence of collusion after having Democrats talking incessantly about it since the day after Trump won election."
As for the Special Counsel's investigation, "No one knows for sure what Mueller might have found, but the Senate Intel’s probe has been pretty exhaustive and it came up empty," said Morrissey. "Furthermore, despite a blizzard of indictments, not one charge in any of them shows a connection between Russian intelligence and the Trump campaign — and that includes the indictments against Russian intelligence assets, both individuals and corporate entities."
"NBC notes that sources have been saying that Mueller’s about to wrap up too, and it seems without filing a single charge of 'collusion' against anyone," said Morrissey.