Murphy: No ‘Smoking Gun’ on Russia-Trump Collusion, But We’re Getting Closer


Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) admitted Tuesday on MSNBC that Congress does not have a "smoking gun" proving President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government.

"So, I don't know. We certainly don't have a smoking gun today, but it seems that this story is unfolding only in one direction," Murphy said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Murphy's comments came after Monday's congressional hearing in which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's connections to Russia.

MSNBC host Willie Geist pointed out that Clapper said he could not find a straight line of collusion from the Trump campaign to Russia.

"Do you believe there's been collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia from what you know?" Geist asked Murphy.

Murphy indicated that while he does not have direct evidence of collusion, it is likely that future evidence will point in that direction.

"Every few weeks, we get new evidence that suggests that there was more, not less, coordination than we previously thought between the Trump campaign and the Russian government," Murphy said.

"I have a feeling that there is a number of additional chapters here that haven't been told, but no, today we don't have that direct, clear evidence of collusion between Trump himself, high levels of the campaign, and the Russian government," Murphy added. "But we certainly seem to be getting closer to that moment."

Sam Dorman

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Sam Dorman is a Media Analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Sam worked as a Staff Writer and Research Analyst with the Media Research Center. He can be reached at

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