The more times we read this latest “bombshell” story from the Washington Post, the more confused we are about WHY the left thinks this actually helps their case. You see liberal pundits all over the place acting like this is further proof that the Trump campaign team colluded with the Russians, seemingly unable to actually read the story and see that it proves nothing of the kind. Moreover, if the emails published by the Post prove anything, it’s that the Trump people were well aware of the dangers of even flirting with Russian officials and did nothing whatsoever to encourage this kind of inappropriate activity.
According to the Post story, a low level Trump campaign affiliate named George Papadopoulos sent six separate emails to the higher-ups on the campaign team, trying to get them interested in meetings with Russian government officials. Each and every time, Papadopoulos was ignored, shined on, or blatantly rejected. Does this sound like a campaign that really wanted to work with Moscow? Not from where we’re sitting here in RealityVille.
On March 24, 2016, Papadopoulos sent his first query to the campaign’s Sam Clovis. “Meeting with Russian Leadership – including Putin,” read the subject line. In the email, Papadopoulos said he could facilitate “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump.”
To which Clovis responded: “We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies.”
Another Trump associate – Chuck Kubic – hinted in the emails that perhaps Papadopoulos should slow his roll. “Just want to make sure that no one on the team outruns their headlights and embarrasses the campaign,” he wrote.
In response to a later inquiry from Papadopoulos, Clovis said, “There are legal issues we need to mitigate, meeting with foreign officials as a private citizen.”
Frustrated, Papadopoulos went right to the top of the campaign, sending the Russian meeting invitation to Paul Manafort. Manafort apparently didn’t even reply, instead sending it on to his business partner, to whom he said, “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.”
In other words, Can someone please get this puppy dog to stop yapping about Russia? It ain’t happening!
And now we’re supposed to believe that Manafort orchestrated this big Russian collusion conspiracy to overthrow the election and put Trump in the White House? It just doesn’t hold water. It didn’t before this week and it certainly doesn’t in light of the Post’s new story.
Keep digging around, WaPo! By the time you and the New York Times and Robert Mueller are finished, the American people are going to see, once and for all, how silly your little theory always was.