In my view, Russian interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the Democrat’s defeat; Hillary Clinton lost because she had the wrong message, failed to compete in key battleground states and spiked the football in the third quarter.
The only confirmed crime discussed at the hearing concerned the leaking of classified information. This pertains to news reports of former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn’s intercepted phone calls with Russian officials. The National Security Administration’s rules of intelligence gathering protect the identity of Americans. Select NSA personnel, only about a dozen people, can request the “unmasking” of the identity. Who released the information and why they leaked it needs to be uncovered.
Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, referred to those who leak classified information as “cowards.” And Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, then stressed that the unauthorized dissemination of classified information is punishable by a felony of up to 10 years in prison. If nothing else comes of these hearings, members of Congress need to push for identifying and prosecuting those who leak classified information.