The House in­tel­li­gence panel’s hear­ing on Trump, Rus­sia de­serves se­ri­ous re­flec­tion.

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How telling it is that the direc­tors of the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency have con­firmed — only two months af­ter In­au­gu­ra­tion Day — that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump can’t be trusted.

And how telling it is that such news hardly comes as a sur­prise.

But what hap­pened this week be­fore the House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee de­serves se­ri­ous re­flec­tion, and not least among those who re­main sup­port­ive of the be­lea­guered pres­i­dent — no mat­ter what he does.

We’ve long called for clear an­swers on whether Trump and mem­bers of his cam­paign were col­lud­ing with Rus­sia dur­ing the elec­tion to crip­ple Hil­lary Clin­ton’s Elec­tion Day chances. Now there is no doubt that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains ac­tive, and that the na­tion’s top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials view the probe as im­por­tant enough to stand by it. Even af­ter Trump’s vi­cious at­tacks on in­ves­ti­ga­tors, and even af­ter his many at­tempts to dis­tract and dis­pute, that’s the of­fi­cial tes­ti­mony.

Let that sink in: Top mem­bers of the cam­paign for a sit­ting pres­i­dent re­main un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors for ac­cu­sa­tions they worked with a for­eign su­per­power, and long­time en­emy, to crip­ple the pres­i­dent’s op­po­nent — who won the pop­u­lar vote.

So much for Trump’s as­ser­tion that “Rus­sia is fake news.”

And what of Trump’s tin­foil-hat Twit­ter ac­cu­sa­tions that it’s all just an Obama ruse? That the for­mer pres­i­dent il­le­gally or­dered up wire­taps on Trump? And even en­listed Bri­tain’s su­per-sleuths to help?

In clear terms, FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey de­bunked Trump’s claims about Obama seek­ing to “tapp” him.

“I have no in­for­ma­tion that sup­ports those tweets and we have looked care­fully in­side the FBI,” the di­rec­tor said in con­gres­sional tes­ti­mony. “The Depart­ment of Jus­tice has asked me to share with you that the an­swer is the same for the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and all its com­po­nents. The depart­ment has no in­for­ma­tion that sup­ports those tweets.”

As for Trump’s 007 the­ory, NSA Di­rec­tor Michael Rogers dis­pensed with that one as well.

“I’ve seen noth­ing on the NSA side that we en­gaged in any such ac­tiv­ity, nor that any­one ever asked us to en­gage in such ac­tiv­ity,” Rogers said.

What a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous time this is for our na­tion. As even mem­bers of Trump’s own party noted Mon­day, the con­gres­sional tes­ti­mony leaves Amer­i­cans and the world with se­ri­ous, un­re­solved ques­tions about the pres­i­dent of the United States’ tac­tics and abil­ity to lead.

As Repub­li­can Rep. David Nunes put it, “a gray cloud” now hangs omi­nously over the White House.

Yes, for those who con­tinue to look the other way, blather about “deep state” sub­terfuge might cut it.

But any pres­i­dent needs cred­i­bil­ity in or­der to gain col­la­tions to ad­vance his agenda. Sadly, Trump re­mains too stuck in a re­dun­dant loop of dodg­ing his own out­ra­geous claims to find ways of gain­ing the con­fi­dence of skep­tics. A smart move might be to apol­o­gize to Obama for his false wire­tap­ping claims, as­sure the na­tion the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will ex­on­er­ate him, and move on. We would ap­plaud the day. While we wait, we urge Repub­li­cans to de­mand bet­ter of their stan­dard-bearer. Trump came into of­fice with an am­bi­tious agenda rife with op­por­tu­nity for the party. Some of the re­forms he seeks are ar­guably good for the na­tion. An­other four years of grid­lock would be a sad waste in­deed.

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