Republicans collectively twisted themselves into knots Monday in order to ignore what was really happening in the hearings on Russian election hacking and tried to use it as an opportunity for another attack on the free press.
In case you missed it: FBI Director James Comey confirmed during the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI is investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts,” Comey said.
During the hearings Comey repeated the claim that Putin wanted to “hurt our democracy, hurt her [Clinton], help him [Trump].”
(Given Comey’s own role in the election—shifting the momentum to Trump when he announced that Clinton was under investigation less than two weeks before the election—it was hard not to take that sentence at least slightly autobiographically.)
Comey also thoroughly discredited Trump’s deceitful tweets claiming that he was “wiretapped” or otherwise surveilled by Barack Obama.
But the right was having none of that.…