At this point in the game, Democrats and media “experts” can see collusion and treason in every cloud that crosses over the White House, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see them going overboard in their desperation to make a mountain out of this particular molehill. Because, let’s give them their due, this is the first time since they started pushing this Russia/Trump conspiracy theory that they even have as much as a molehill to talk about. With the revelation that the Trump team met with a Russian lawyer last summer, the left finally has something substantial. It’s inevitable that they are going to blow it up into something bigger than it is. However, while the meeting isn’t great news for Trump supporters, let’s not get caught up in the left’s frenzy.
What do we know so far? We know that Donald Trump Jr., at the behest of a friend he made while the Trump family was developing the Miss Universe pageant in Russia, agreed to meet with a lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya under the pretense that she had information damning to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Specifically, this friend said that the lawyer would provide evidence of unseemly – if not illegal – connections between Hillary and the Russian government. We know also that the meeting lasted about 20 minutes and that the lawyer apparently did not make good on her promises.
That’s…not a lot to go on.
Granted, it doesn’t look good. But much of the reason it doesn’t look good is because the media has been hammering this “Russian collusion” theory for the better part of a year. If this had just come out of nowhere, you have to wonder if it would have even made the front page of The New York Times, much less have kept the media breathlessly reporting on it for a week. It’s big news because the left-wing press has decided it’s big news.
But until there is some evidence that the Russian government provided material support to the Trump campaign, the Democrats have not come even CLOSE to making good on their cynical thesis. It is certainly not time for people like Richard Painter to be using the word “treason.” Actually, it’s absurd at this point to even consider this a crime of any kind.