When your anti-Trump conspiracy theory has lost Chris Matthews it is really time to retire it.

Via Washington Examiner:

In his written and spoken testimony on Thursday, Comey said that he never felt that Trump had tried to impede the FBI’s investigation into Russia, even that the president had encouraged it and he suggested that former national security adviser Mike Flynn wasn’t at the heart of the investigation.

“The assumption of the critics of the president, of his pursuers, you might say, is that somewhere along the line in the last year is the president had something to do with colluding with the Russians … to affect the election in some way,” Matthews said on MSNBC, following the testimony.

“And yet what came apart this morning was that theory,” Matthews said, listing two reasons why. First, he said Comey revealed that “Flynn wasn’t central to the Russian investigation,” and secondly, he said that kills the idea that Flynn might have been in a position to testify against Trump.

“And if that’s not the case, where’s the there-there?” Matthews said.

Good question. Where is the there-there? It would seem today, as it has since November, that the whole Russia-Collusion nonsense has been manufactured for the sole purpose of damaging the Trump administration. In fact, Vladimir Putin is probably sending GRU and SVR asses to a Siberian gulag as we speak because the Democrats have succeeded in discrediting the American electoral system in a way the Russians could never have dreamed of. This is why the word “collusion” has disappeared in the past 48 hours and has been replaced with “obstruction.”