Hillary’s campaign paid a lawyer, a former spy and Russian officals to gather dirt on Trump…
(Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner) If the media are defining “collusion” as President Trump’s team being willing to accept potentially beneficial information from Russia in the 2016 election, all future cable news analysis on the issue should include a disclaimer:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign did precisely the same thing and more!
There is no real consensus about what any collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia would have entailed (which is helpful for Democrats and self-interest-driven Republicans like Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in maintaining a scandalous fog over the White House) but news reports typically discuss it with ominous references to campaign advisers and aides who had any form of contact with Russian officials.
We know that the president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort met in summer 2016 with a Russian lawyer who said she had information that Kremlin-connected individuals were funding the Democratic National Committee.
NBC reported Wednesday that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Trump Jr. asked her at the meeting if she had “evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation…”
Clinton’s campaign circulated the so-called “Trump dossier,” which is largely based on claims by paid anonymous Russian government officials, to journalists during the general election.
Byron York reported in November that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, “personally briefed reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, and Yahoo” on its contents…