Liberal Delaware Sen. Chris Coons caused a stir last week when he indicated during a televised interview that yet-undisclosed transcripts of recorded phone conversations conclusively prove that elements of the Trump campaign explicitly colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. Yet widely-circulated “bombshell” reports from the New York Times and CNN in recent weeks quoted sources who had no choice but to underline that there is no evidence of such coordination, and that the alleged contacts between Trump allies and Russian officials were not even necessarily unusual in nature. Therefore, it’s understandable why this statement from Coons — a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — touched off a fresh, feverish round of breathless speculation and rumors. –Townhall
“There are transcripts that provide very helpful, very critical insights into whether or not Russian intelligence and senior Russian political leaders, including Vladimir Putin, were cooperating, were colluding with the Trump campaign at the highest levels to influence the outcome of our election.”
Here’s the clip:
FOX News’ Chris Wallace interviewed Senator Chris Coons following the MSNBC interview (above) with the very objective (cough, cough) Andrea Mitchell. It turns out Senator Coons doesn’t have conclusive proof that the FBI has proof President Trump’s campaign was in collusion with the Russians to influence the outcome of the election. Here’s the new and improved version of Senator Coon’s statement on the FBI’s proof:
What I was trying to make clear, Chris, and I appreciate a chance to restate this, is that I don’t have — and I don’t know of — any conclusive proof, one way or the other.
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Watch Senator Coons walk back his statement starting at about the 1:50 mark: