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    Byron York: Trump-Russia investigation takes sharp turn toward the dumb

    Could there be a dumber, more obvious come-on than the one Rob Goldstone, described in press reports as a British-born publicist and former tabloid reporter, sent to Donald Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016?

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    What a mess for the White House. And all for nothing. When the meeting actually happened, at Trump Tower on June 9, there was a reason Jared Kushner left after a few minutes and Paul Manafort spent the whole time staring at his phone. The "Crown prosecutor" of Russia — there is no such position — was actually a shady lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had no "official documents" to offer but wanted to harangue Trump Jr. about U.S. sanctions on Russia. Trump Jr. quite reasonably saw there was nothing there and cut the meeting off after about 20 minutes.

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    "The public facts about this meeting suggest that one of several crimes may have occurred, including conspiracy to steal trade secrets (one way to characterize theft of Democratic National Committee emails), conspiracy to take unlawful foreign contributions, or conspiracy to commit some other election-related offense," wrote Georgetown University adjunct law professor Phillip Carter in Slate Tuesday.

    Maybe that's right, and maybe not. In any event, that question is now, as Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday, "in the Mueller territory."

    But all the talk of treason and Trump being "willing to accept help from a hostile foreign power" — the words of a tweet from the Democratic National Committee — did raise the question of whether the current state of affairs in the Trump-Russia investigation has any precedent.

    Republicans were quick to point to a Politico story from January — it never really caught on — describing an effort by the government of Ukraine to sabotage the Trump campaign. "Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office," Politico's Ken Vogel and David Stern reported. "They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton's allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found."

    The covert Ukrainian campaign had some effect — it helped forced Trump to fire his campaign chief, Manafort, in a shakeup that made a difficult August even more difficult — but has generated about one-millionth the interest that Russia's meddling has produced.



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    The Russian ploy was nothing but a Democrat dirty trick from start to finish.
    The Don Jr. Episode was set up between this Russian broad and Hillary's campaign.

    The whole thing was a set-up and shows how desperate the Snowflakes are to believe anything the DNC puts out.

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