Bob Woodward has been in the news a lot lately, and his latest book “Fear” has been praised by pundits from a variety of news outlets who note that Mr. Woodward has a reputation for accuracy and reliability.
Even so, his recent comments on the Trump-Russia collusion theory have gotten little or no coverage due to the fact they don’t fit in with the mainstream media narrative blaming Russia for President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. In a recent radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, Woodward made it abundantly clear that, in the two years he spent writing his newest book, he searched hard for evidence to back up the Trump-Russia collusion story but came up with nothing. When asked to confirm his assessment, he once again stated clearly that he saw no evidence of collusion between President Trump or any members of his administration and the Russians.
The statement comes at an awkward time for the president’s opponents. Many Democrats, both those in power and those who are running for office, are still using the “Russia-gate” hysteria to state the president is guilty of treason and thus should not be allowed to hold office much less appoint a new Supreme Court justice. Others are using the fact that Robert Mueller’ investigation into Russiagate isn’t finished to insinuate that the president has done something wrong or is guilty in some way or another.
However, the fact that investigators have yet to uncover any evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians should give thinking Americans pause. Furthermore, evidence is continually emerging that the scandal is based on shaky evidence manufactured by people who desperately wanted a different outcome in the 2016 election. Recent political developments are also helping to undermine the collusion theory as President Trump’s foreign policy engagements with Russia are actually proving to be less friendly than those of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
At the same time, many Americans are not putting a priority on the Trump-Russia developments in the run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections. While the mainstream media is eager to report any new development, eagerly covering news such as Michael Cohen’s recent guilty plea and Paul Manafort’s decision to cooperate with Robert Mueller in order to avoid the ordeal of having to go through a second court battle, Americans aren’t really thinking about Russia when deciding who to vote for.
A poll conducted several months ago found that the issues American voters are most concerned about are immigration, healthcare, jobs and the economy. These day to day issues, which affect the lives of real people in real places throughout the country, are bound to have a far greater impact on who wins upcoming elections than manufactured scandals that have little to no evidence backing them up. Given this fact, it is not surprising that many Democrats campaigning for election, especially those who are seeking election or re-election in areas that Trump won in 2016, have stopped talking about the whole Russia collusion narrative and are instead focusing on practical matters that concern their voters.
Even so, it is important to note that the investigation is still having negative repercussions. It is costing the United States government millions of dollars in taxpayer revenue to investigate. Even more importantly, is it casting a cloud over international diplomacy, making it difficult if not impossible for President Trump and President Putin to have constructive conversations about important matters that impact the lives of billions of people around the globe.
The hysteria over the Trump-Putin summit earlier this year made it abundantly clear that those who actually believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential elections will go to any lengths to malign an American president who would dare to meet with his Russian counterpart in an effort to improve international relations for the good of all involved. It would almost appear that many of the president’s opponents would rather precipitate a crisis with a nuclear power than have to deal with the fact that they lost an election they had expected to win with ease.
~ Conservative Zone