Constitutional scholar and open liberal Jonathan Turley scoffs at claims that Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a "Kremlin-connected" attorney consitutes a criminal offense. What's more, the George Washington University scholar said that based on the facts, there is nothing amiss, let alone anything that could be elevated to a charge of "treason" as the media and leftwing chattering class insists.
In an opinion column for The Hill Tuesday, Turkey wrote:
Today, Trump Jr. released his emails on Twitter. One states, “the crown prosecutor of Russia” had offered “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” Rod Goldstone, a publicist, stated, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
That would clearly constitute at least initial communications and possible coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign. However, the article raises more questions than answers. If the Russians were making such a play to influence the election in favor of Trump, this is a curious way of going about it. The most obvious question is why the Russians would call such a meeting but not actually produce any evidence or even substantive allegations.
One obvious explanation is that Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort fell for a classic bait-and-switch. Veselnitskaya was representing people seeking to lift the adoption ban, and it was certainly amateur hour in Trump Tower. If this is the best the Russians can do as their big play, we have little to worry about.
They question is whether the Trump team is a bunch of click-bait chumps or criminals. In other words, does any of this constitute a clear crime or even a vague inkblot image of a crime?
No, at least not on these facts.
Operative phrase: based "on these facts." In fact, Democrats have had not only the first six months of the Trump-administration but also the duration of the general election to find evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion and they have failed to do so. If there were any proof, we would have seen it by now. And it really is as simple as that.