“At the same time, the pressure to produce scoops increased.”
“I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this…”
Good thing this guy isn’t running for another term, eh?
“Nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”
Aesthetics and optics.
“I’m a Russia hawk.”
“It’s a hell of a defense to say that your collusion was incompetent…”
“…it is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.”
“Everyone is trying to convert wishful thinking into hard evidence.”
“Maybe they’re trying to pin the tail on some donkey here.”
Cloak and dagger.
“What role, if any, Mr. Flynn may have played in Mr. Smith’s project is unclear.”
“The Russia investigation was by far the dominant topic…”
“The individuals all stated that they accepted responsibility and wanted to resign.”
“I’m bothered by the lack of emerging evidence…”
“Maybe he’s just an unscrupulous jerk.”
“sources said it is possible the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, was exaggerating the extent of the encounter.”
“Where’s the ‘there’ there?”
“It was about allegedly extensive electronic surveillance communications.”
“I wonder if Clapper is sniffing glue?”
But no evidence yet of collusion — or pushback.
“We just have no idea why this happened. No idea.”
“…his efforts to chase down Trumpian conspiracies can strain credibility.”
“…do you have evidence that there was in fact collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign?”
“After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on.”
“This is about country, not party.”
“Lot of people don’t want to talk about that but I do.”
“I think it gravely concerning to the members of the committee…”
“There is more than circumstantial evidence now.”
“There is smoke, but there is no fire, at all.”
“Steve won’t go deep into the details.”