Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Serves Up Another Nothingburger

"Spygate" Bows Up In GOP's Face

Vanity Fair: Almost four months ago, allies of Donald Trump found themselves consumed by a scandal so mind-boggling, they felt sure it would turn the political world on its head. ‘Watergate times a thousand,’ Sean Hannity warned.”

“They were referring to a memo compiled by G.O.P. Congressman Devin Nunes, which allegedly revealed abuses of surveillance power by key members of the Justice Department and F.B.I…. Yet when the memo itself was revealed to the public, it turned out to be such a hopeless dud that the conspiracy around it dissipated almost immediately.”

“It seems the cycle may repeat with the president’s newest pet theory, perhaps his most desperate attempt yet to discredit Robert Mueller: that the F.B.I. planted an illegal ‘spy’ within his campaign for political purposes. Despite his feverish claims, which continued into Friday, that #SPYGATE ‘could be one of the biggest political scandals in history,’ … a small group of lawmakers who met with F.B.I. and D.O.J. officials to be briefed on their use of an ‘informant’ came away wholly unimpressed.”

“‘Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the F.B.I. or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols,’ ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff told reporters, speaking on behalf of all the Democrats who attended.”

“Republicans, in contrast, have been uncharacteristically mum since the Thursday meetings.”

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