To hear Democrats tell it, President Trump's sudden decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was all but an admission that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the presidential election.
The only problem, of course, is that Democrats themselves keep saying that there is absolutely no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the presidential election.
As early as March 5th, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (who was appointed to the position by President Obama in 2010), told NBC's "Meet the Press" that even after months of investigating the Russian hacking, a multi-department intelligence report found no evidence of the Trump campaign's involvement.
CHUCK TODD: Well, that's an important revelation at this point. Let me ask you this. Does intelligence exist that can definitively answer the following question, whether there were improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials?
JAMES CLAPPER: We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, "our," that's N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report.
CHUCK TODD: I understand that. But does it exist?
JAMES CLAPPER: Not to my knowledge.
CHUCK TODD: If it existed, it would have been in this report?
JAMES CLAPPER: This could have unfolded or become available in the time since I left the government.
CHUCK TODD: At some--
JAMES CLAPPER: But at the time, we had no evidence of such collusion.
Two weeks later, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Russian involvement in the 2016 election, FBI Director Comey confirmed that Clapper's assessment was correct.
CHRIS STEWART: I appreciate that and I would say that is especially likely to have, when I say especially talking about have the finding of no wrongdoing when there is a political motive. And if there's one thing that we've seen here today, I think, from some of the line of questions is clearly been a certain political motive in some of the questions that have been asked to you.
Mr. Clapper, the former DNI, and we all know who he is, this is someone who should know. I want to read what he said just a few weeks ago. Mr. Clapper then went on to say that to his knowledge there was no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. We did not conclude any evidence in our report and when I say "our report," that is the NSA, FBI, and CIA with my office, the director of national intelligence said anything -- any reflection of collusion between the members of Trump campaign and the Russians, there was no evidence of that in our report.
Was Mr. Clapper wrong when he said that?
COMEY: I think he's right about characterizing the report which you all have read.
Two men who obviously would have seen the evidence of collusion (if any had actually existed) both testified under oath that no such evidence existed.
And just for good measure, both Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates (a Democrat who was appointed as Deputy Attorney General by President Obama and was famously fired when she refused to enforce President Trump's first immigration order) both affirmed Clapper's original statement that there was no evidence of collusion when they testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9th.
And elected Democrats have been saying the same thing for months now.
Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said as much on CNN's "State of the Union" on April 2nd.
On May 3rd, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee went even farther, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer flat out that she has seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Sen. Feinstein's Democratic colleague on the Intelligence Committee, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), said the same thing on CBS's "Face the Nation" on May 7th.
And on May 8th, Congresswoman Maxine Waters admitted on Jonathan Capehart's "Cape Up" podcast that while she has leveled serious charges of collusion against the Trump campaign, she has seen no evidence whatsoever to support these charges.
Given all of these definitive and repeated statements over the past few months that no evidence of collusion exists, why should anyone believe Democrats when they now say that there was evidence of collusion?