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A Misplaced Focus on “Collusion”

Public discussion of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election is dominated by the question of collusion: Were senior members of the Trump campaign knowing collaborators in the Russian government’s campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton’s candidacy?  My own view is that we’re unlikely to get any truly conclusive evidence of this—but also that it’s a mistake to treat it as the only important question for an investigation to answer.…   continue »

[Calling it] Treason Doth Never Prosper…


This post is going to be brief. There’s still a lot we don’t know about what role, if any, Russia played in the 2016 election, and what role, if any, the Trump campaign had in facilitating that role. But that hasn’t stopped lots of folks from throwing around the t-word to describe the most sensational versions of the allegations, or insinuating that various officials–from Paul Manafort to Michael Flynn to President Trump himself–may have committed treason.…   continue »

So What is “Evidence that Is Not Circumstantial”–in the Russia Investigation?


Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that “there is more than circumstantial evidence now…there is evidence that is not circumstantial” that associates of President Donald Trump colluded with Russia on that government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.…   continue »

Problems with the Focus on Leaks as Trump’s Defense to Russia Investigation

Monday’s public hearing of the House intelligence committee confirmed two facts that were largely already established in the public domain. First, Director James Comey confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including alleged links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.…   continue »

What We Learned From the Comey Hearing


You can break down the news from Monday’s hearing with FBI Director James Comey into two categories: 1) Big things we already knew but needed confirmed 2) Smaller, but previously undisclosed details.

Testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey and NSA Director Adm.…   continue »