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Opinion: Why the “Trump-Russia” probe is not important

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost the Presidential election in November of last year, Russia is all cable news channels are capable of talking about. Every day there is some new story connecting Russia and the Trump team. Simply put: what they are talking about (at least as of now) isn’t important. 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 there seems to be 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 news ignores true current events.
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.” However, it is public knowledge that nothing resulted from this meeting. In fact, the meeting wasn’t even about Hillary Clinton. On the other side, recently 3 CNN “journalists” had to resign due to a completely false negative story about Trump. Throughout the media, there seems to be only one viewpoint tolerated, anti-Trump. When Harvard Law Professor and Clinton supporter Alan Dershowitz wrote the New York Times with 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 reported, “”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.””
Ultimately why is the Russia story unimportant? Because there are no legal implications. 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 not obstruction of justice. 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.
At this point, not only do the anti-Trump advocates calling for impeachment have no evidence of a crime, they haven’t even alleged a crime. Some of the things the Trump team did, such as meeting with a Russian lawyer to get “opposition research,” were unwise and bad decisions. It is fine for the media to report on these bad decisions; however, the stories have been covered and everyone has heard. It’s time for the media to begin reporting on the real issues facing our country.


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