The 22-month long investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election essentially cleared President Donald Trump of both charges of collusion and obstruction. On Thursday, April 18, Attorney General Bill Barr made another announcement on this before the public release of Robert Muller’s long-awaited report.
On April 22, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, one of the President’s chief advisers, Kellyanne Conway repeated to reporters the sentiment that Donald Trump was vindicated with the conclusion of the Russia investigation, and that the continued push by Democrats to investigate the President’s personal life further will actually end up helping him politically. In an interview with reporters, Conway said, “[Democrats] are going to hand this reelection to him. Have at it. I’ll see you for five more Easter Egg Rolls, we’ll have a ball.”
Furthermore, Trump’s counselor made a stronger swipe against the political motivations that were at the inception of the Mueller investigation as Conway mockingly told reporters that “there was no golden showers.” In reference to the salacious allegation made in the Steele dossier that there exists a tape the Russian government used as blackmail, in which Trump supposedly hired prostitutes to perform certain acts while staying at a hotel in Moscow.
Although these claims have never been corroborated in any way by law enforcement investigators over the past two years, Trump’s fiercest political opponents in politics and in the press have continuously paraded these scandalous fantasies. Their only source is a dossier that was compiled by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, who apparently based it on dubious Russian and/or Ukrainian sources as part of an opposition research effort against the Trump campaign. Furthermore, evidence has emerged that the infamous Steele dossier was in fact, financed by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee throughout the 2016 election.
Conway was also asked if the White House will move on after the release of the Mueller report and she implied that this being one of the top stories in the media at the moment, those who have pushed this false narrative should to apologize to the people. Conway asked if House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) would apologize after “vomiting collusion 50 times a day, 100 times a day for the last 2 and a half years and pretending there is still something there?” asking sarcastically: “he has evidence of collusion that Bob Mueller doesn’t?”
Conway then affirmed that: “The Mueller investigation, the Mueller redactions, the Mueller report, people are going to have to look at that as the legitimate and final definitive investigation. If they want to keep investigating on Capitol Hill, they can do that but I am sure that the public wants them to focus on what we focus on here which is economy, taxes, healthcare, education, drugs, drug pricing, infrastructure, and obviously all things foreign policy and national security.” Finally, she made a comment that some days she cannot tell the difference between politicians in the Democratic party and many in the mainstream media, demonstrating her perspective on why the Russia investigation has become and remains such a partisan political issue.
With reporting by Epoch Times reporter Emel Akan.