Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer scolded those who kept to an unsubstantiated belief in the Russian collusion story. He said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions held off his accusers at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing and exposed the absurdity of the Russian collusion accusations.
"I think helped himself a lot," Krauthammer said Tuesday on Fox News. "He basically uncovered, or exposed the absurdity of this whole exercise.
"I mean this is supposed to be about Russian meddling in our election," he explained. "That wasn't even in an issue. Then it was supposed to be about the collusion."
"There's not an ounce of evidence," he said, "I'm open to empirical evidence, I used to be a doctor. You show me the facts. I'm willing to change my opinion. You know this has been investigated for seven months. There have been leaks like the Titanic, and yet has there been any leak of anything implicating the president in the collusion with the Russians? No."
"And trying to tag it on Sessions is even more absurd," he added. "I mean the man says and I think he was right in saying, that the big charge against him came from what was clear innuendo from the [James] Comey testimony, where he implied there was something nefarious that he could not discuss in public, that would have forced a recusal of the attorney general on the Russia case."
"Of course," he continued, "the story that was then leaked from the closed session where Comey was, the third meeting, which is exposed as a ridiculous charge. All of us have been at receptions where you meet two dozen people. You can't remember half of them, and he says, which is quite likely, he had no interaction at all. And if he had any interaction, it would have been brief, completely inconsequential, and forgettable."
"So where's the charge?" Krauthammer concluded. "Where's the crime?"
"Lordy, I'm not a fan of Donald Trump," Krauthammer said, referring to his former opposition to the candidacy of Donald Trump in the primaries.
"But this seems to me to be a case of all smoke, no fire," he explained. "Yes, it all looks like this is a cover-up, but where's the crime? It's the first cover-up in history in absence of a crime.
"You show me the crime," he challenged, "I will admit it. But show it to me. And going after Sessions, is simply a way to go after Trump.
"I think, look, he won, fair and square," Krauthammer continued. "He's elected, he's the president. You don't like it? Then you vote them out of office next time around. But the idea that there's this kinda of obligation to bring him down to actually build a case for impeachment after three four months is absurd.
"And I think it's sort of un-American," he added. "If he commits high crimes and misdemeanors, yes, but show me. Show me the evidence and I think this is just a sideshow of a sideshow. They're going up tributaries to try to find anybody who can be condemned.
"I thought Sessions did a very good job fending off all of these charges," he concluded. "Where is the evidence of obstruction? I don't see it."
Krauthammer had been a stalwart critic of Trump in the primaries, even eliciting a few Twitter insults from the then-candidate.
Watching biased Charles @krauthammer, a @FoxNews flunky who didn't know that I won every debate, in particular- the last one. Check polls!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1454026724.0
....Dopey @krauthammer should be fired. @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1438979732.0
The Fox News contributor has since defended the president when he believed he was being unfairly treated by the media or by the Democrats.
Sessions defended himself and his reputation in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, especially when challenged by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), who accused him of stonewalling the committee.