Forget collusion between Donald Trump and Russia — according to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), it was Hillary Clinton who should be investigated for working with the Kremlin to undermine her opponent.
Discussing links between Nunes’ controversial declassified memo and a request written by two Senate Republicans to investigate Trump-Russia dossier author and former British spy Christopher Steele, Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed that the two documents taken together paint a portrait of collusion between Clinton’s campaign and the Kremlin.
“Sir, are there crimes committed here?” he asked Nunes, who appeared to agree and said he hoped viewers “understood” Hannity’s comments.
“We have a clear link to Russia,” the chairman said. “You have a campaign who hired a law firm, who hired [dossier author firm] Fusion GPS, who hired a foreign agent, who got information from the Russians on another campaign.”
“It seems like a counterintelligence investigation should have been opened up against the Hillary Campaign when [the FBI] got a hold of the dossier,” Nunes continued, “but that didn’t happen either.”
Later, Nunes reiterated that he has seen “clear evidence of collusion — that the Democratic party and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluded with the Russians.”
Nunes: "There's clear evidence of collusion — that the Democratic party and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluded with the Russians…It goes to what they accuse you of is what they are actually doing."
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) February 6, 2018
Watch below, via Fox News:
.@DevinNunes: “It seems like the counter intelligence investigation should’ve been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they got ahold of the dossier. But that didn’t happen, either.” #Hannity pic.twitter.com/zJuEu7xPwM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 6, 2018
Texas bar owner bans masks to prevent ‘virtue signaling’ – and kickstarts an online firestorm
A bar owner in Elgin, Texas, has implemented a new rule for his business: no entry with a mask.
“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe," read a sign posted outside Liberty Tree Tavern.
Speaking to 9News, bar owner Kevin Smith said he's following social distancing guidelines so the masks are unnecessary.
The bar's Facebook page shared an article on the story, and the comment section filled up with a mix of reactions.
Dutch ban transport of mink after farm workers infected
Dutch authorities on Thursday announced a nationwide ban on the transport of mink after mink farm workers were believed to have contracted coronavirus from the small mammals.
The infections in the south of the Netherlands could be the "first known cases of animal-to-human transmission", the World Health Organization had said on Tuesday.
The Dutch government had previously made COVID-19 testing mandatory on all mink farms in the country, where the animals are bred for their fur.
"Until the results of this screening are known," the transport of mink and mink manure will be banned to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, Public Health Minister Hugo de Jonge and Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said in a letter to parliament.
With Trump-aligned votes as ‘anvil around her neck,’ Susan Collins down 9 points to likely Dem challenger
The four-term Republican senator from Maine who presents herself as a centrist has faced national criticism for her votes during the Trump administration.
New poll results released in a Bangor Daily News column Thursday shows Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon leading Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins by nine points—just the latest sign that the November election could deny Collins a fifth term.