CNN’s Jake Tapper made a huge admission on Friday night and said he hasn’t seen any evidence to prove alleged collusion between President Donald Trump and the Russia government during the 2016 presidential election.
During a segment with Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler, Tapper asked about the ongoing legal issues of Michael Cohen, who previously served as Trump’s personal lawyer.
Last week, Cohen accepted a guilty deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but as Tapper pointed out, Cohen’s admission of guilt has nothing to do with Trump or alleged Russian collusion.
They also discussed reports that leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the president entertained the idea of a Trump Tower being constructed in Moscow. Trump said he never put up a dime of money and that it was nothing more than talk a year before the election.
“I don’t see any evidence of conspiracy between members of the Trump team and the Russian government to interfere in the election,” Tapper said.
After Nadler called the potential Moscow project a “corrupt business deal,” Tapper pressed, “You call it a corrupt business deal?”
“The fact that it was negotiated with a foreign power while you’re running for president,” Nadler said.
“Not illegal, you mean like more just colloquially corrupt?” Tapper pressed.
“Yeah,” said Nadler.
“But still no conspiracy?” said Tapper.
“Well, wait a minute,” Nadler fired back. “It certainly tends to indicate — it’s one more piece of evidence — so now we know or Cohen testifies to the fact that Trump during the campaign at the same time that he is dictating a change in the Republican platform to favor the Russians, at the same time that he can find nothing negative to say about Putin or about what they are doing is, in fact, negotiating with the Russian government for personal business profits. He is mixing his personal business profits and perhaps putting them over the interests of the United States and lying to the electorate about it.”
After Nadler continued to claim that the president’s campaign conducted illegal operations with Russia, Tapper pointed out nothing done was against the law.
“Sure, it stinks, but it’s not a conspiracy is all I’m saying,” Tapper flatly said.
After a year of investigating, Mueller hasn’t found or produced a shred of evidence against Trump or about alleged Russian collusion.
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lead attorney, also revealed in September that Trump’s team is preparing a “counter report” to rebut any allegations that Mueller may include in his final report.
Giuliani said he believes Mueller is “bluffing” and that it is time for the special counsel to “put up or shut up.”
The president’s attorney said Mueller has been investigating Trump for more than a year and that it’s time to wrap it up given no evidence has been released proving any crimes were committed by Trump.