If it wasn’t obvious before, you’ve got your head in the sand if you still don’t believe there was quid pro quo at the heart of the meeting—which was arranged by Donald Trump Jr.—between senior Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence agents at Trump Tower in June 2016.
The Trump campaign was looking for a much-needed edge in the presidential election, and was willing to risk both America’s democracy and charges of treason to get it.
The Russians, by contrast, were seeking an easing of sanctions imposed—with bipartisan support—upon them by President Obama’s administration.
The presence of former KGB agent Rinat Akhmetshin at the meeting all but removes any uncertainty that the acquisition of information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign was obtained illegally, and by Russian intelligence agents.
Go ahead, support the Republican Party.
Go further, and support the positions of Republican Party on issues ranging from labor and women’s rights, to immigration and gun control.
I don’t agree with the GOP’s positions on these issues, but I respect and admire a fair and transparent two-party system. I also respect your rights to it.
But, the moment you pretend that Donald Trump and his band of ne’er-do-wells didn’t (a) break the law, (b) place American democracy at risk, and (c) sell America’s standing in the world to the Russians, you’ve lost my respect and your credibility.
Today is Monday, the 17th of July, 2017. It’s not a normal day.
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