When you've lost Chris Matthews...

Anti-Trump conspiracy theorists who have been hoping against hope that the 'Russian collusion' story would eventually bring down the Trump presidency suffered a blow to morale this week. Following the highly-anticipated testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews appeared to throw in the towel on the idea Trump directly worked with Russia to interfere in the U.S. election. 

"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 the network after Comey had testified. 

"And yet what came apart this morning was that theory," Matthews said.