The concept that Trump and members of his team are compromised tools of Russia/Putin/Oligarch mobsters, etc (take your pick) has taken on a life of its own. While it is clear that there was Russian interference in the 2016 election, what is not clear is to what degree (if any) that anybody on the U.S.A. side of the equation played in that interference.
Every day now I hear new claims about underlings flipping for the FBI, indictments for serious crimes or treason are just around the corner, the “golden shower” dossier is true, there are multiple recordings picked up by the IC of trump (and underlings) colluding with Russia on the election, etc. I have even seen the theory the Jason Chaffetz kept the whole Benghazi witch hunt rolling at the behest of Russia for bribes or blackmail. It has reached a fever pitch. This is a rotten scandal the likes of which have never been seen before!!! It goes deep with the major players of the republican party!! Any day now the other shoe will drop!!! Any day!!!..???
I must admit I am guilty of consuming each of these pronouncements with excitement. Everybody would feel vindicated in their disgust with the whole rotten mess of the 2016 election and its ongoing aftermath. I want it to be true, but is it? I follow all the links, read the articles and twitter feeds and lots of people have 100% backed the Russian collusion theory. It is addictive reading this stuff and I am guilty of over indulging in it myself too.
What I worry about is are those of us following these stories closely all fooling ourselves? All the links and stories appear to feed off themselves. Each source quotes another as authoritative and factually accurate. It seems as if a circular self supporting meme is running like a perpetual motion machine and being voraciously consumed by people (like me) who are aghast at the harm being done to our country by the republicans and the trump administration. The thing is, is any of it true? I have yet to see a single hard piece of evidence that backs anything as gargantuan as the narrative of corruption being pushed.
I have always taken care not to lie to myself about things I wish were true. I am not saying that I think the Russia collusion story is completely false, but until solid proof is shown I think it wise to remain very skeptical.