Democrats hungry for a deus ex machina to liberate them from President Trump are salivating a bit more in light of a recent report that the Senate Intelligence Committee has found zero evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
According to NBC News, the Senate Intelligence Committee will soon be concluding its investigation into the 2016 election and have so far "uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to both Democrats and Republicans on the committee." The investigation has been ongoing for two years, consisting of about 200 interviews.
"If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) during an interview with CBS News last week.
Burr added that the situation could change based on new facts, but conceded that the investigation is fairly close to being over.
"We know we're getting to the bottom of the barrel because there're not new questions that we're searching for answers to," Burr said. "What I'm telling you is that I'm going to present, as best we can, the facts to you and to the American people. And you'll have to draw your own conclusion as to whether you think that, by whatever definition, that's collusion."
NBC reports, however, that Democrats on the committee still believe that there exists some evidence that Trump associates and members of his family were "willing to accept help from a foreign adversary" during the 2016 election.
"We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, 'Hey Vlad, we're going to collude,'" one anonymous Democratic aide told NBC News.
"Donald Trump Jr. made clear in his messages that he was willing to accept help from the Russians," one anonymous Democratic Senate investigator told NBC News. "Trump publicly urged the Russians to find Clinton's missing emails."
All of those facts, however, have been a matter of public record for over a year and do not appear to have torpedoed Trump. Currently, his approval rating sits at a comfortable 52%. Newsweek, however, tried to spin this salient fact by noting that his approval rating is lower than is the rating for Mueller's investigation:
President Donald Trump has a lower approval rating than special counsel Robert Mueller’s on the Russia probe, according to a new poll — though Americans felt investigators still have a lot left to prove.
A Washington Post/Schar School poll of 841 Americans found that just 33 percent of Americans said they were inclined to believe Trump’s version of the facts, compared to 56 percent who believe Mueller.
Only 35 percent of Americans approved of Trump’s response to the investigation, while 52 percent disapproved. The president has dismissed the Mueller investigation as a politically motivated "witch hunt."
Unfortunately, Mueller fans may be disappointed in the end, with reports now indicating his investigation has found no direct evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.
"Democrats and other Trump opponents have long believed that special counsel Robert Mueller and Congressional investigators would unearth new and more explosive evidence of Trump campaign coordination with Russians," reports NBC News. "Mueller may yet do so, although Justice Department and Congressional sources say they believe that he, too, is close to wrapping up his investigation."