You know Democrats are in trouble when Dianne Feinstein turns on them.
The liberal Senator from California may be a partisan politician, but when she’s discussing intelligence and foreign affairs, she plays it straight.
So it was a little more than revealing when she announced that she has yet to see any evidence of collusion between Donald Trump or his advisors and anyone within the Russian government.
On CNN, Wolf Blitzer asked Feinstein: “Do you have evidence that there was in fact collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign?”
Feinstein responded: “Not at this time.”
“Well,” Blizer said. “That’s a pretty precise answer.”
A Rare Honest Democrat. It is. Her directness stands in stark contrast to other Democrats who have implied that there has been collusion between the Trump team and Moscow. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has said he has seen “more than circumstantial” evidence showing coordination. Last month, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, another House committee member, said “there is evidence of collusion.”
They’re both full of shit, as evidenced by Feinstein’s frank response.
Washington Free Beacon: Feinstein Urges Susan Rice to Reconsider Her Decision Not to Testify
Daily Caller: Dianne Feinstein Says She Has Not Seen Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion
White House Dossier: Feinstein: No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Campaign and Russia
On Tuesday, Feinstein and other members of the intelligence committee received a briefing at CIA headquarters about Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign.
Rice Should Testify: Feinstein also called on Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s former National Security Advisor, to reconsider her refusal to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee on Russian interference in the election and her “unmasking” of Trump associates.
Speaking with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Wednesday, Feinstein said Rice should testify.
“Well, I think she ought to consider it,” Feinstein said. “She has gone public. I saw her on Fareed [Zakaria]’s show Sunday. I saw her today and it seems to me that–I guess I’ve never heard that it has to be a bipartisan letter.”
“This is sort of a new criteria, but she is certainly within her rights of saying, ‘I’m now retired. I’m not going to do it,'” Feinstein said.
Feinstein concluded that Rice should go forward and accept the invitation to testify because she has done press interviews recently.