John Podesta is standing on his soapbox, railing against the discredited Russia investigation ahead of Mueller’s testimony before Congress. Fox News reports:
John Podesta, whose emails were hacked by Russia and released by WikiLeaks just before the 2016 election, warned before Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony that President Trump has “encouraged the destruction of the nation’s fundamental democratic institutions.”
The former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign wrote in the Washington Post that the hearings will show the “raw partisan divide cleaving America” and being worsened by Trump each day.
“Committee members on both sides of the aisle will have to contend with an inescapable conclusion from a fair reading of the report: The Russian attack would not have worked — and perhaps would have been over before it really got started — if not for Donald Trump’s enthusiastic encouragement and amplification of it,” he argued.
Though Mueller did not allege a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, Podesta said “it’s clear that every step of the way, Russia was looking for green lights, and at every step of the way, the Trump campaign provided them.”
The Mueller testimony is sure to captivate Democrats, who will grasp at anything they can to revive the dead Russian conspiracy theory. It remains to be seen what Mueller will say to Congress – will he stick to the report’s facts or speculate on what was not in the report?