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Trump and Russia: Why it is unimportant

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost the Presidential election in November of last year, Russia is all the TV news channels are capable of talking about. Every day there is some new story connecting Russia and the Trump team. Simply put: whatever they are talking about doesn’t matter. The fact that Donald Trump Jr. (the son of the president) met with a lawyer from Russia is unimportant. Whether or not Russia hacked the DNC is unimportant. In the big scheme of things, if you or your parents watch news on the television, what you are seeing is unimportant.
At the time of this writing, Congress is working to find a solution to America’s healthcare crisis. Obamacare is failing, and they have no solution that can be agreed upon. Tax reform is also in the wings and will soon be in the works. Members of the Obama administration are going to testify before Congress in a few days about illegal actions they made to hurt the Trump team. There are so many important things to focus on, but most channels don’t. (But, if you are interested in television news, you might want to check out One America News Network. During my summer vacation, I stumbled across OAN. It is available on DirecTV channel 347 and DirecTV Now. From what I’ve seen, their news coverage is the most fair on television that focuses on the real issues. If you don’t have DirecTV, you can go to their website, oann.com.)
There is a push from the top to talk about Russia all the time according to CNN Supervising Producer, John Bonifield. “[When] President Trump pulled out of the climate accords, for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia,” Bonifield told an uncover journalist for Project Veritas. Bonifield provided even more insight, “I think the President is probably right to say like, look, you are witch hunting me… we don’t have any big giant proof.” So why cover a story that has no proof continually? “Because it’s ratings… our ratings are incredible right now.”
The first fact to point out is that we were lied to. On one side, the Trump team has had to change their story on some points. They had said there was no attempt for Russia to “collude” or share damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Earlier in July, they had to release a statement that Trump Jr. did meet with an attorney from Russia who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. As conservative commentator for Townhall.com, Guy Benson, pointed out, “it shows an intent to collude.” On the other side, recently 3 CNN “journalists” had to resign due to a completely false negative story about Trump. Throughout the media, especially CNN, there is only one viewpoint tolerated, anti-Trump. When Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz who was Hillary Clinton supporter wrote the New York Times an op-ed about why President Trump was not guilty of obstruction of justice, as the paper claims almost daily, it was denied. The Washington Examiner wrote, “It’s not that I’m not credentialed,” [Dershowitz] said, noting the dozens of books he’s authored and the years he spent at Harvard. “It’s that I don’t have the right point of view.”
If you follow the news at all, or even if you don’t, you’ve probably heard the Russia story. So why did I say that it wasn’t important? Because there are no legal implications. Nobody cares if Hillary Clinton has her personal email on Gmail, Yahoo, or a server in her bathroom. Only when she breaks the law by putting classified information on that server does it become a problem. However, from what we have seen so far, there is no crime alleged and no crime committed. Alan Dershowitz says that even if Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation into Russia, it is perfectly legal and no obstruction of justice (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/alan-dershowitz-history-precedent-and-james-comeys-opening-statement-show-that-trump-did-not-obstruct-justice/article/2625318). Dershowitz goes on to say that the meeting Trump Jr. had with the lawyer from Russia wasn’t illegal. Even if, as Democrats allege, the Trump team got dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia, whether from emails leaked by WikiLeaks or from this attorney, “That’s what the New York Times did in the Pentagon Papers… That’s what the Washington Post did and many other newspapers did with information from Snowden and Manning,” Dershowitz said in an interview with Newsmax. “You are allowed legally to use material that was obtained illegally as long as you had nothing to do with the illegal nature of obtaining the information,” he said.
Before I finish up, I want to address a claim the New York Times made. They claimed that Trump Jr. changed his story on his meeting with a Russian attorney. This is completely false when reading the public statements that they provide. On July 8th, Trump Jr. said, “It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.” On the 9th, he said, “[T]he woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and… [i]t became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.” On Saturday, he told what their meeting was about, policies relating to the adoption of Russian children. On Sunday, he told what the meeting was supposed to be about, dirt on the DNC funding, and then what it was actually about, policies relating to the adoption of Russian children. There was no need to mention what the meeting was supposed to be about, since no information was exchanged, and it sounded bad. On Sunday, when it was announced what the meeting was supposed to be about, Trump Jr. admitted it, but reminded everyone that’s not what ended up actually getting discussed.
At this point, the anti-Trump advocates calling for impeachment have no evidence of a crime and no crime even alleged, Dershowitz says. Russia appears to be an excuse for losing the election to avoid taking a look at how liberal the Democratic party has become. Some of the things the Trump team did, like meeting with a Russian lawyer to get “opposition research”, were very stupid. However, we shouldn’t expect much more from a president and first family that refuses to follow the norms and has no experience. Acting stupid is one thing, acting illegally is another. We can talk about hypothetical stories and plotlines where Russia “hacked our election” (something there is no evidence to support), but that’s not news. Let’s get down to the real issues and put this myth of Russia behind us.


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