Donald Trump, Jr. has clearly created some trouble for himself by tweeting the email exchange about a meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney. Any half-decent lawyer could’ve told him to keep such information to himself lest he give his critics ammunition. Clearly, either Junior’s lawyer is horrendous or Trump Jr. just ignores him.
Having said that, these emails and the new information published by the New York Times still contain no evidence of actual collusion, let alone of treason. As the NYT explains (yes, really):
The precise nature of the promised damaging information about Mrs. Clinton is unclear, and there is no evidence to suggest that it was related to Russian-government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) July 11, 2017
Liberal hacks, please keep eating that nothing-burger. It must taste delicious.
Although it must be fun to speculate about possible collusion between Team Trump and Russia, it’s fascinating that not one major newspaper seems to be interested in the story of Hillary Clinton‘s actual collusion with a foreign government.
Politico‘s Kenneth Vogel and David Stern reported in early January that the DNC contacted officials from the Ukrainian government for their own oppo research efforts. These contacts did not involve cut-outs, as Veselnitskaya may or may not have been, but did directly assist in searching for damaging information that could be used in the election.
But where Trump’s own flesh and blood was involved in clandestine meetings, the DNC was careful to keep Clinton and her family at arm’s length, handling the connections to Ukrainian officials through operative Alexandra Chalupa. Chalupa, whose work included engaging with expatriate Democratic voters, suspected Manafort was using his Russian connections to boost Trump. According to Politico, she began coordinating with officials at Ukraine’s Washington embassy to expedite her research, in the hopes of provoking Congress into holding a hearing before the election about Russian contact with the Trump campaign.
Funny how most Americans don’t even know about Team Hillary’s collusion with the most corrupt country in Europe, isn’t it? You’d almost think that the media are only interested in Team Trump’s collusion myth because Trump’s a Republican…