But despite lots of searching, no evidence of that collusion has turned up.
Now Democratic officials are trying to tamp down expectations from the rank and file, many of whom are convinced that exposing the Russian connection will bring Trump down.
Even former intelligence officials from the Obama administration are admitting that there is nothing there. Democrats on the congressional committees investigating the possibility are also saying they have found nothing.
But they fear their base.
When Barack Obama took office, conspiracy theories abounded, conservative pundits kept everything at a fever pitch, and Tea Party activists vowed to hold Republican officeholders’ feet to the fire if they co-operated with the new president.
We are now experiencing the mirror image of those times, with liberals doing what conservatives once did.
Glenn Greenwald tells the tale after the jump.
UPDATE: Not that the issue is dead. FBI director James Comey has just told a congressional committee that the FBI is investigating the matter.