Former White House Chief of Staff and New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu got into a heated exchange with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota about the network’s coverage of the investigation into whether Trump officials colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election. Camerota asked Sununu about top Trump aide Jared Kushner’s reported attempt to secure a back channel with Russians. Is Mr. Kushner is a target of the Russia probe? We don’t know. Has he been accused of any wrongdoing? No. He hasn’t. But he met with the Russians so cue the outrage, the rumors, and stuff about treason—all of which is utterly ridiculous in the absence of evidence.
In this supposed scheme to secure a back channel, Mr. Kushner is said to have had a meeting with a Russian banker with ties to Vladimir Putin to make this thing happen. Camerota asked about motivations behind the meeting after Sununu loudly declared that he doesn’t think there’s anything there.
“So, why would they meet?” asked Camerota. Well, let’s say this back channel story is true; Fox News’ Catherine Herridge has a report disputing the claim. Back channels are not unusual. It’s happened under Obama, with the former president reaching out to Iran and Russia. Sununu also added that everyone involved in business and politics tries to meet with as many people as they can during the ten-week presidential transition period.
Camerota asked if Sununu would have “carved out time” to meet with a Russian banker with ties to Putin, which Sununu couldn’t answer because it’s an absurd hypothetical.
“You’re asking hypotheticals on hypotheticals,” he said. Camerota said she was just trying to gauge his comfort level with all of this information about Russia, to which the former Bush chief of staff said, “The only discomfort I have is with folks in the media trying to create a venality without having the courage to specifically tell me what the venality I should be concerned about is.”
“Well, you should be concerned if there was collusion,” Camerota said, but Mr. Sununu wasn’t finished.
“I don’t have evidence of collusion. Do you?” he said.
“No,” responded Camerota.
And there you have it. What the hell are we talking about here? As I’ve mentioned before every “scoop” on this Russian collusion drama has fallen flat. The latest from Reuters says that Trump officials had 18 undisclosed contacts with the Russians in the last seven months of the campaign. It turned out to be nothing. Buried in the story is Reuters saying that none of the meetings pointed to collusion or wrongdoing. The liberal media and the Democrats are desperate to find anything to nullify the results of the 2016 election because their sucky candidate couldn’t seal the deal. Get over it.
And Mr. Sununu wasn’t letting Camerota off the hook for her coverage of the investigation that she insists just started when it actually began months ago.
“If [special counsel Robert] Muller comes out and says that my version is correct and yours isn’t, how much crow are you going to eat?” asked Sununu.
“Governor, I don’t have a version of events,” shot back a clearly irritated Camerota.
“Of course, you do,” shouted back Sununu.
Nothing criminal has been found, no evidence of collusion has been found, and again back channels are not unusual. This is getting more embarrassing by the day.