Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer, best known for his daily appearances on Fox News, believes recent revelations about who was in the meeting with Don Trump Jr. seems to indicate that the Trump campaign attempted to collude with Moscow, in order to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In a Thursday column for The Washington Post, Krauthammer wrote:
“This is not hearsay, not fake news, not unsourced leaks. This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself. A British go-between writes that there’s a Russian government effort to help Trump Sr. win the election, and as part of that effort he proposes a meeting with a ‘Russian government attorney’ possessing damaging information on Hillary Clinton.”
Past revelations about meetings between Trump associates and Russian officials were circumstantial evidence, Krauthammer surmises, but they failed to provide evidence of a crime. He said the new emails are disturbing, however, describing defense of the meeting and emails “pathetic” gestures by “Trump apologists.”
Krauthammer says the important element is the intent of the meeting, regardless of whether valuable information was obtained.
“It turned out to be incompetent collusion, amateur collusion, comically failed collusion,” he wrote. “That does not erase the fact that three top Trump campaign officials were ready to play. It may turn out that they did later collaborate more fruitfully. We don’t know. But even if nothing else is found, the evidence is damning.”
Krauthammer is no fan of the President Trump. In fact, he recommended voters choose failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, even after acknowledging she was an “awful choice.”
Krauthammer had been defending Trump against charges of collusion, but the emails that detail Trump Jr. setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who supposedly had damaging information about Clinton changed things.
“I defended them, because up until today there was no ‘there’ there,” Krauthammer said on Fox News. “Well, now there is a ‘there.’ ”
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