Buried deep inside (page 22) of its A section, the New York Times reports that after the FBI spent much of the summer pursuing “a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign,” law enforcement officials say “none of the investigations have found any direct link between Trump and the Russian government and FBI and intelligence officials now believe “the hacking into Democratic emails wasn’t aimed at electing Donald Trump:
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
This is sure to infuriate Hillary Clinton supporters, who according to the Times, “pushed for these investigations.” Team Clinton will be even more furious because, as Politico reports in an exceptionally long, nearly 1,500 word article, Clinton’s campaign and its Democratic allies “worked furiously on Monday to change the subject” from the newly revealed emails that FBI Director Comey told Congress appear to be pertinent to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State, to Trump’s alleged ties to Russia:
Amid a potentially lethal frenzy about renewed FBI activity related to Hillary Clinton’s email, the Clinton campaign and its Democratic allies worked furiously on Monday to change the subject to FBI interest in Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
According to Politico Hillary supporters are also upset that what they see as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apparent efforts to aid Trump haven’t inflicted more damage on the Republican nominee. Even after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that Russia’s government directed the hacking of the DNC and Clinton campaign, only 39 percent said they believe that Russia has tried to influence the election, according to a mid-October POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.