TRUMP ADMITS TO…Something Everyone Already Knew
In the latest episode of The Insane Russian Conspiracy Theory (now playing on CNN and MSNBC), a shocking plot twist developed wherein President Donald Trump admitted to the whole thing, thus giving Robert Mueller and the Democrats everything they need to remove him from office, throw him in a federal slammer, and melt the keys in an industrial furnace. In keeping with the sensational and scarcely-believable drama we’ve come to expect from this soap opera, Trump actually made the admission on his Twitter account.
“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Don, had in Trump Tower,” the president wrote on Sunday. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere.”
Trump’s tweet was in reference to the much-discussed Trump Tower meeting of 2016, where Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and others reportedly chatted with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya about adoptions, the weather, and any dirt she might have on Hillary Clinton. It is to this meeting that the conspiracy theorists point when they want to “prove” that there was “collusion” on the part of the Trump campaign. Never mind that Veselnitskaya also met with Fusion GPS that same week and that Fusion GPS was being directly paid by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Apparently it only sometimes matters when a campaign talks to Russians about opposition research. Only when it is convenient to the storyline, in other words.
The story here, apparently, is that President Trump has never before admitted that the meeting was actually for the purpose of getting dirt on Clinton. We’re willing to concede that perhaps that’s true, but it’s misleading. Don Jr. is certainly on the record admitting that they met with the Russians for that purpose, as is the Russian pop star who set the meeting up in the first place. So to the extent that there is news in Trump’s tweet, it is far less significant than his detractors are making it out to be. Then again, what else is new?
Thankfully, even though there are a few talking hot heads on TV saying that Trump, without a doubt and no two ways about it, committed a crime when his campaign set up this meeting, several legal analysts have come out to throw cold water on the fire.
CNN’s Paul Callan wrote, “The idea that this is some kind of campaign finance law violation doesn’t fly either. The statute requires campaign solicitation of cash or a ‘thing of value from a foreign national.’ Information about Hillary Clinton is not what the law had in mind.”
If it was, Hillary Clinton would be guilty of the exact same thing. Not only did Christopher Steele speak to Russians when compiling his dossier, but Steele himself is a foreign national. Therefore, if a crime was committed at Trump Tower that day, Hillary should be sharing a cell next to Trump and his campaign associates.
Once again, we see why Mueller is turning his investigation away from collusion and towards obstruction of justice. He knows at this point that, as a man once said about another investigation, “no reasonable prosecutor” would possibly bring a case against Trump. Therefore, he has to prove that Trump meddled in the investigation itself. Even then, Mueller can do little else but file a report with Congress. Democrats will squawk, Republicans will roll their eyes, and the media will act like we’re about to lose our democracy.
You know, like every other episode.