(National Sentinel) Politics: So, collecting opposition research from a foreign source on President Donald J. Trump — even when it’s complete BS — is good. But if Donald Trump Jr. attempts to collect some opposition research on Hillary Clinton from a foreign source, that’s a “scandal.”
That’s what we’re being told to believe regarding this latest manufactured dust-up involving the president’s son, “Russia,” and a brief meeting he had with a Russian lawyer who claimed to possess information that was damaging to Clinton’s campaign.
In the latest from The New York Times — which is doing its best to continue beating this dead Russian horse — Don Jr. was supposedly sent an email describing the Russian government’s “efforts” to “aid” his father’s campaign:
Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.
The email to the younger Mr. Trump was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.
It should be noted, by the way, that the Times has never seen nor actually read the email in question, otherwise the paper would have reported as much. And lest we forget, last month, former FBI Director James Comey told Congress that a February 14 article by the Times alleging Trump associates “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election” was, “in the main,” untrue. That article at least cited “four current and former American officials.” Monday’s article only cites “three people.”
Also, this: In an exclusive with NBC News, the lawyer — Natalia Veselnitskaya — denied being connected to the Kremlin, at least in the nefarious manner the Times is suggesting, saying she met with Don Jr. and Trump campaign officials to to press her client’s interest in the Magnitsky Act — not to hand over information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
So there’s that. “Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen,” Don Jr. tweeted sarcastically on Monday.
But wait — what about that now-infamous, and widely discredited, “Trump dossier?” Remember that? Talk about the mother lode of opposition research; and that, too, if you recall, was collected by a foreign source with alleged “connections” to Russia — former British operative Christopher Steele.
Except that it wasn’t really opposition research. It was a political hit job all the way. And what’s more, it was very likely fabricated as part of a Democrat-led effort to undermine Trump.
There’s also this. If you recall, one of the first buffoons to pretend like the dossier was real in an attempt to hurt Trump was someone from his own party: #nevertrumper Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona. And now he faces new questions about his involvement in handing the phony dossier over to then-FBI Director James Comey to ‘look into,’ as though it were real, in connection to a pair of defamation lawsuits filed by defendants in the UK and U.S. who were named in the document. Steele also faces questioning.
So in the end, Americans are supposed to believe that any and all opposition research on Donald J. Trump, no matter how questionable the source and content, is perfect fine, regardless of the source — but any attempt to dig up dirt on Trump’s opponent by his son or members of his campaign team is a big, fat scandal.
“If those are the characters through which the Russian government tries to influence foreign elections, the Kremlin suffers from a serious recruitment problem,” writes Breitbart’s Joel Pollack.
Again, we’re not buying this, and frankly, neither should you.
This story has been updated.