On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," veteran journalist Brit Hume opined that the tide appears to be turning against the narrative that the Trump organization somehow colluded with Russians in advance of the 2016 presidential election. Hume explained on Tuesday that, while Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was initially focused on Russian efforts to influence the election, he is now reportedly also looking into the Podesta Group: the Democrat-leaning lobby firm which is head by Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, John Podesta.
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Mueller, a former FBI director, began looking into the Podesta Group after taking a look at the finances of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort. Manafort reportedly worked for Russian interests from 2012 to 2014 and held numerous meetings with the Podesta Group, which had ties to the Obama administration.
"It seems to me that the Democrats - who have been complaining about this and making all kinds of allegations about this all this time - are going to be very disappointed in its outcome," Hume said. The investigation is now apparently seeking to probe the extent to which Russia influenced U.S. policy for years before the 2016 campaign. He noted that the House Oversight Committee is investigating the Uranium One deal, which was negotiated by the Obama administration to allow a Russian company to purchase a large portion of the American uranium supply.
Hume noted that Clinton’s campaign apparatus and Democratic National Committee helped fund opposition research by the firm Fusion GPS that led to the infamous dossier containing salacious, uncorroborated allegations about President Donald Trump and supposed connections to Russian interests and businesses. "So Democrats can scream a lot - and they no doubt will - that all that's a diversion, but I'm beginning to think that those claims and accusations are going to ring a little bit hollow," he said. "The tide may be turning in all this in political terms, and one might also hope in journalistic terms."