Keller @ Large: Let Facts Take Lead, Not Frenzy

BOSTON (CBS) – Here we go with another Washington, DC feeding frenzy.

You know the drill – suspicious info about a public official, followed quickly by the calls for investigation, the demands for resignation, the denials and stonewalling, the speculation and innuendo.

Where does the uproar over Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his contacts with the Russian ambassador fit into this messy tradition?

Time will tell, and in this case, that is more than just a measly cliché.

The Trump-Russia connection has produced lots of circumstantial detail, but few hard facts.

Accounts of clandestine meetings between Trump aides and Russian officials during the presidential race have been denied by the principals; an explosive dossier alleging compromising information about Trump in possession of the Russians contains unverified charges.

But there are a few facts that are not in dispute.

Earlier this year U.S. intelligence agencies flatly stated that the Russians meddled in the U.S. presidential election. As a result they were hit with sanctions by the Obama administration.

Another fact – during the presidential transition, the now-former National Security Advisor discussed those sanctions on the day they were announced with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

And we also know that Donald Trump, Jr. said of the family business back in 2008 – “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”

Is it concerning? Yes.

Does it add up to proof of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians? No, not yet.

And despite the attorney general’s recusal from the investigations of this stuff, it’s best to let the facts take the lead, not the frenzy.

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  1. Alan B Flood says:

    JON K. ” No, not yet” ” it’s best to let the facts take the lead not the frenzy”, so who is feeding the frenzy with the snide “not yet” which implies there not only was communication but that somehow it changed the election results and that that truth is some how coming out in the future. Amazing how Liberals including you Jon, somehow think that the leak of info from one of Hillary’s cohorts is wrong even though it mainly showed the beliefs of the party on Bernie as a candidate and the need to push only for Hillary. But now that we have leaks in various cabinets and security operations, it is somehow okay since it is about Trump and his new government. If we need to get to the bottom of Russian involvement in the election, or was it really wikileaks that started it, then shouldn’t you also be pushing for punishments against whoever in the lower ranks of our Federal government who are purportedly leaking info about intelligence because they don’t like Trump and want to embarrass him out of office? Tell us Jon how far you want big brother to protect government officials of both parties and pray tell what punishment should be made of disgruntled civil employees who violate all the tenets of intelligence gathering – are they felons or whistleblowers. If you say whistle blowers why is wikileaks thru Russia not also a whistleblower. All they did was show the fallacies behind the DNC and the workings of Hillary’s team. The public took that info and digested it and came out with a result that you don’t like.

  2. The question to Jeff Sessions was pretty clear: Did you have any contact with Russia.

    His answer was now proven to be false. He gave false testimony. Those who object to this, probably wouldn’t if it were a cabinet member of the opposing party.

    So far, there hasn’t been any consequence of his providing false testimony under oath. I’m still waiting.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      Jeff Sessions re Bill Clinton….

      “I am concerned about a president under oath being alleged to have committed perjury,” Sessions said on C-SPAN in 1999. “I hope he (Clinton) can rebut that and prove that did not happen. I hope he can show he did not commit obstruction of justice and that he can complete his term.

      He added: “But there are serious allegations that that occurred. And in America, the Supreme Court and the American people believe that no one is above the law. The president has gotten himself into this fix that is very serious. I intend to give him an absolutely fair trial.”

      And Trump’s response was equally convoluted….not that it should be a surprise. He supports but covers himself.

      President Donald Trump said Thursday that Sessions could have been “more accurate” regarding testimony at his confirmation hearing but that he “did not say anything wrong.”

    2. I didn’t vote for Trump. I just want a fair fight because no one wins unless we do.

      And I sincerely do not consider it false testimony.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        It may not be false at all. But it certainly may be as well. We have no idea at this point. There are just so many ties to Russia and that scares me. We need to find out the truth and I agree with you that it has to be done fairly. Put McCain and Graham on the group to investigate. There are other republicans who have indicated their concern. It just cannot be done in the house or senate as a whole.

  3. McCain may have quite a bit of personal animosity toward Trump due to their past history, that would make it difficult for him to be impartial.

  4. Mentally unfit man-baby Trump and his team of losers is falling apart faster than his Chinese made clothing line.

    Keep editing out anti trump comments Commie jon!

  5. Really Jon? Stop drinking the Kool Aid. You “Man” Lost! She was Terrible! And You believe a Lying Indian and a person that only could sell Ice cream from a Mr. Frosty Truck? Get Real! I’m still getting Hammered from Obama Care! $21,000.00 dollars, $5,500 Deductible and I’m not an an illegal alien!

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