The quest to prove collusion is crumbling

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While everyone is fixated on President Donald Trump’s unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the “Russian collusion” story.

That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn’t there.

As the date of the Kushner testimony approached, the media thought it was going to advance and refresh the story. But Kushner’s clear, precise and convincing account of what really occurred during the campaign and after the election has left many of Trump’s loudest enemies trying to quietly back out of the room unnoticed.

Cable news airtime and in-print word count dedicated to the nonexistent collusion story appear to be dwindling. Democrats and their allies in the media seem less eager to talk about it, and when they do, they say something to the effect of “but, but, but … Kushner didn’t answer every question … He wasn’t under oath … There are still more witnesses … What about this or that new gadfly?” They are stammering. And it hasn’t taken long for news producers and editors to realize that the story is fading.

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At last, the story that never was is not happening.

There are a few showstoppers from Kushner’s testimony that make it obvious to any fair-minded, thinking person that there was no collusion with Russia. In his own words, Kushner makes it clear that his actions were innocent but, at times, misguided and ill-conceived. He plainly states he had “hardly any” contacts with Russians during the campaign and found his June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the infamous Russian lawyer to be an absolute “waste of time.”

Democrats and their allies in the media have exhausted themselves building a scandalous narrative surrounding the Russian lawyer meeting, but according to Kushner, the meeting was so useless that he “actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after (he) had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote ‘Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”‘ Maybe the collusion didn’t take very long, or maybe he realized what the lawyer had to say was a useless farce and he wanted to get on with his day.

Much to the dismay of Trump’s haters, Kushner’s account of events even further proves just how far the media has stretched the collusion story. When the campaign received an official note of congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin the day after the election, Kushner had to send Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest an email asking for the name of the Russian ambassador so that he could reach out and confirm the message’s authenticity.

So, that’s that. If you can’t remember your handler’s name, you can’t be guilty of nefariously colluding with that person. How much collusion could Kushner have possibly done with someone whom he had so little communication with that he could not remember his name and did not know how to contact him?

Sure, there are others still in the crosshairs of the collusion-hunters, but Kushner has been the biggest target if for no other reason than he is the only one serving in the White House. Paul Manafort is a private citizen, and he departed the campaign before the general election campaign really started. Donald Trump Jr. is implicated only in the one ill-advised and now-shown-to-be-pointless encounter with a few gadflies. The media can knock itself out trying to find some left-behind paperwork or some other scrap to hang onto, but the dead end is in sight. The quest for collusion is crumbling.

With the Democrats and their allies in the media beginning to walk away from the collusion story, the single biggest thing keeping this story alive is the president’s obsession with it. No doubt the issue will continue to be irresistible to some of Trump’s haters. Some will never believe the truth, no matter what else is revealed.

But if Democrats and the president’s worst enemies can begin to silently acknowledge the obvious and move on, perhaps Trump can, too. Maybe now he will see the futility of continuing to whine, tweet, moan and seethe about the whole non-affair. Maybe the president will now see that he should leave Sessions alone so that he can get on with his work. Maybe he will let special counsel Robert S. Mueller III quietly do his job and the whole “Russian collusion” affair won’t even be a footnote in the retelling of the story of the Trump campaign.

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  • FrankE

    Here’s another example of Right Wing propaganda type diversionary tactics. All the evidence points to a guilty as sin Trump Administration, yet he still has the base to actually believe HIS word that there is no collusion. When someone repeats themselves sixteen times in a thirty minute interview, regarding the fact that no collusion took place, there’s a reason for that, it’s called guilt.
    I guess being the end of the year, we are all reading about all the good and bad things that happened in 2017, yet very little is mentions about the biggest travesty of all, what didn’t happen in 2017. We have just experienced an entire year of inactive Congress. Not a single Democratic vote has been cast this year for anything beneficial for the people of this country. An entire year wasted due to an egotistical, mentally challenged, pathological lying, showoff. All we hear about is what the Republicans can get away with because they have the majority. Course we all know that should the balance change in the midterms, and the Democrats regain control. The GOP will revert back to their old ways of obstruction, obstruction, and more obstruction. This of course can mean only one thing, more nothing. I am faced with the possible cut back of my Medicare and Social Security benefits next year, what a wonderful thought during this holiday season.
    We need a functioning government, not these money hungry leaches disguised as politicians. If they can’t profit from it, it doesn’t happen. This is what our world as devolved to. It’s all about the money, and nothing having to do with progress.
    I think that 2018 will be the perfect time to vote all the leaches out of government. We need representatives and law makers, not more get rich quick politicians. Vote them out…………

  • CruiserSailor

    Collusion has already been established through Trump Jr’s e-mails. The Russians wanted to share dirt on Hillary, Trump JR’s desired that dirt than D.J.Trump used that dirt. Walks, talks and looks like a duck to me!

  • FrankE

    Just what we know of so far, just whats been published, has already met the dictionary definition of collusion. Throw in some obstruction of justice, and lying to the FBI, and I think heads are going to roll. I also believe the GOP is incapable of fair and impartial treatment of the outcome. It’s important that the special investigation not conclude until at the very least, after the mid terms. We need fair and bipartisan authority overseeing whatever actions will be taken. I can not trust the Republican Party to act in the best interest of the people. They have shown over and over again their willingness to let the truth slide for their own benefit…………………..

  • FrankE

    Upon reviewing this story this morning, one thing jumps out at me which I feel is troublesome.
    I have taken the time since I first heard that Trump was running for president. I have read two books and viewed numerous authorized as well as unauthorized biographies made of Donald Trumps past business practices. I’ve read all about his connections to organized crime his terrible history of racism in the New York City housing market. I’ve read about his business transactions regarding the payment, or lack of payment to workers and contractors. I honestly can’t for the life of me understand how this man isn’t in jail.
    I’m not speaking as a pro or anti Trump supporter, rather as an informed voter. I have done the same with Obama as well as Bush.
    Putting aside his tough talk the insightful rhetoric, his past indicates that his wealth is the result of two things. He inherited a good sum of money and he used his clout and knowledge of the back room dealings to intimidate associates into accepting his final offers. Intimidation is a huge part of his day to day business agenda. This is obvious in his actions to date while in office.
    Why is it that so many people are willing to look past the negative? Just look at the past year, nothing has been accomplished except if you happen to be the top 1%. He is using this office as a money making entity and people like Ed Rogers can only hope that maybe he will get with the game. His entire life has been what it is now, he’s not going to change. We need to pay closer attention to who we put in office. We’ll wind up with another Stalin before we know it………..