I’ve read every memo I can read. I’ve read thousands of words of commentary about every memo that I can read. I’ve read the best writers and the worst writers. I’ve read along as my peerless colleague Andrew McCarthy has guided Americans through the ins and outs of federal criminal and counterintelligence investigations like a Sherpa helping tourists summit Everest. He’s the Apa Sherpa of Russia punditry.
But I’m not outraged. Not yet. Here’s why.
I’m with Trey Gowdy on the most consequential issue. Nothing revealed so far should impact the Mueller investigation. As he said very clearly, “There is a Russia investigation without a dossier.” He’s right. He’s clearly articulated at least some of the reasons why — the dossier had nothing to do with George Papadopoulos, nothing to do with Donald Jr.’s meeting with Russians in Trump Tower, and nothing to do with obstruction of justice. But the list could go on. The dossier had nothing to do with with the existence of an apparent Russian effort to help Donald Trump. It had nothing to do with Trump’s decisions to surround himself with advisers like Papadopoulos, Page, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn — people who each proved to have problematic ties to the Kremlin or Kremlin allies.