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Friday, March 3, 2017

Injecting A Bit Of Reality Into The Russia Story

With all the garbage claims in the news in the last few days about Russia and the baseless claims of ties to the Trump campaign, it's worth taking a moment to look at reality.

Many on the left in the media and the Democrat party are still claiming that there was some sort of coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton.  The problem is that there is still no evidence of any such collusion/coordination.  If you say that to one of the true believers, however, they look at you and point to General Flynn or Attorney General Sessions and the conversations that they had with the Russian ambassador.  Here's the problem, though.  The main actions that the Russians supposedly took were to hack the DNC and the email account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign manager.  All of this happened in the spring of 2016.  Indeed, the release of the DNC records to the public came in the weeks prior to the Democrat National Convention held in late July.  General Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador was in December of 2016, after the election.  Sessions met with the Russian ambassador in September of 2016, long after all the supposed Russian hacking was done and also long after Wikileaks was releasing the material to the public.  Now, I know that Flynn and Sessions are both accomplished people, but even they could not coordinate with the Russians things that had already happened. 

What all this means is that there is still no basis for any claim of coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

One last note:  we've also heard in the media that Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law met for about ten minutes with the Russian ambassador.  That meeting was in December of 2016, after the election.  Here again it is impossible to coordinate election activities after the election has already happened.

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