Friday, July 14, 2017

A National Necessity

On the Right, support for Donald Trump is beginning to falter. When news of Junior's emails surfaced, David French penned an op-ed in The National Review. What matters, French wrote, is that Junior tried to collude with the Russians:

Let’s define our terms. The word “collusion” doesn’t have precise legal meaning. It’s largely a political term that refers to claims and allegations that the Trump team worked in some way with Russians as part of the alleged Russian effort to elect Trump. In other words, to claim that Trump officials colluded with Russians is not the same thing as claiming that they violated the law. As with many political operations, including dealings with foreign governments, their actions can be unsavory without being illegal.

That fact, however, in no way makes the attempt any less problematic:

To repeat, it now looks as if the senior campaign team of a major-party presidential candidate intended to meet with an official representative of a hostile foreign power to facilitate that foreign power’s attempt to influence an American election. Russian collusion claims are no longer the exclusive province of tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists. No American — Democrat or Republican — should defend the expressed intent of this meeting.

The fact that there are Republicans who are still trying to parse the meeting -- Trump himself says that "Most people would have taken that meeting." -- tells you just how feckless the Republican Party has become. French warns his readers that:

As of now, we should have zero confidence that we know all or even most material facts. We should have zero confidence that Trump’s frustration is entirely due to his feeling like an innocent man caught in the crosshairs of crazed conspiracy theorists. It now appears that his son, son-in-law, and campaign chair met with a lawyer who they were told was part of an official Russian government effort to impact the presidential election. The Russian investigation isn’t a witch hunt anymore, if it ever was. It’s a national necessity.

Forget the wall between the United States and Mexico. The wall between the United States and Trump is beginning to crumble. 

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The Mound of Sound said...

There's an interesting follow up to this. The Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya wasn't at the meeting to discuss adoption of Russian babies. She was lobbying for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act. She was also the lead lawyer for a money laundering suit against a Russian oligarch. That action had been brought by US Attorney Preet Bharara, the guy that Trump first praised and then abruptly fired. Bharara was out to seize 230-million of purloined Russian money that had been laundered through pricey Manhattan real estate. Once Bharara was out of the picture that suit was quietly settled by Jeff Sessions for a token $6 million that had Veselnitskaya boasting that the Americans had all but apologized to her. Meanwhile Trump has been flirting with lifting sanctions. The Magnitsky Act, perhaps? These guys make Huey Long look like an altar boy.

Owen Gray said...

I agree, Mound. These guys are transparently corrupt -- and it doesn't embarrass them.

Steve said...

Owen with all due respect I think you have Trump delusional bends come up for oxygen. Trump won a dirty election, was that the first one, or the last one? The electoral system in the USA is third world at best and as we saw with Gore open to mob rule.

I can not catalog the problems and outright frustration I have with President Trump. As I have said before and we agree, what is the alternative?

The democrats doing a Harry Potter on Russia disgrace discourse.

Owen Gray said...

We agree that the United States is in deep trouble, Steve. But I don't have delusions about Trump. What surprises me are the attempts of many to normalize him. I suggest you go to a website called The Moderate Voice and read the posts of Shaun Mullen. He's a Vietnam vet and a retired journalist from Philadelphia. Mullen has Trump's number.

Steve said...

Now it appears the Trump kid meeting was a Democratic set up.

I liked the joke where the Trumps are described as the Corleone family where all the members are Fredo.

Owen Gray said...

We'll see how this plays out, Steve. Remember who your sources are. Have you ever listened to Mark Levin's radio show out of WABC in New York? It's pretty rabid stuff.

Steve said...

No I have never listened to him. I like to listen to Savage and Rush for the entertainment value. Rush was way better on his 40 pill a day diet.

Owen Gray said...

I understand your support for Trump, Steve.