Conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer said attempts to pin Russian collusion on Attorney General Jeff Sessions are "absurd," and Sessions greatly helped himself by testifying in open session Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"This seems to be a case of all smoke and no fire," Krauthammer told Fox News' "The Story With Martha McCallum."
"Yes, it all looks like this is a cover-up, but where's the crime?" he told host Martha McCallum. "It's the first cover-up in history with the absence of a crime."
Sessions was right, Krauthammer said, to say the main charge against him came from fired FBI Director James Comey's leaked testimony Sessions had an undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
If a third "meeting" of any kind occurred, Sessions said, it was a brief exchange of pleasantries at a public event at which no election "collusion" could have been discussed.
"All of us have been to receptions where you meet 2,000 people, you can't remember half of them and he says, which is quite likely, he had no interaction at all," Krauthammer said. "And if he had any interaction it would have been brief, completely inconsequential and forgettable. Where is the charge, where is the crime?"
The whole effort by Democrats to find something to pin on Trump in his first year in office is "just a sideshow of a sideshow," he said. "They're going up tributaries to try and find anybody who can be condemned. I thought Sessions did a very good job fending off all of these charges. Where is the evidence of obstruction?"
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