The New York Times’ report that Donald Trump allegedly met with someone offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, and who said they were doing so at the behest of Russian government officials, shows what determined investigative reporters can come up with.
Now, is this “a story”? Yes. But does this one dumb meeting arranged by Donald Trump’s politically inexperienced son demonstrate collusion with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton? Of course not. It appears no significant information about her was even passed to Don Jr.
What this does prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, is that if you look hard enough at the activities of any individual or any organization, you are going to find things that are stupid, fishy-looking, and potentially illegal.
Since we’re on Russia, the Russians have a saying: “You break the law by rolling out of bed in the morning.”
The Times, even in this supposedly lean era for journalism, had three reporters on the story. Where, one wonders, was this “swarming of the zone” with Obama?
Maybe if reporters had been as eager to dig into Obama’s past, they’d have uncovered much more about the many shady relationships he had back in Chicago with people like Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Rod Blagojevich. Or perhaps they wouldn’t have missed AN ENTIRE GIRLFRIEND TO WHOM HE PROPOSED, and cheated with on Michelle, as revealed in David Garrow’s new Obama biography, “Rising Star.” Or his use of cocaine after college, also revealed by Garrow.
The Trump administration will have reporters, Congress, and a special counsel fishing around for years. The goal of many of them is to destroy Trump and annul the will of the people. They may succeed, because with Trump, unlike with Obama, the enthusiasm for the hunt is there.