President Trump’s oldest child, Donald Jr., has been flying under the radar. That has all changed. His meeting with a well-connected Russian lawyer has brought the collusion investigation back into the headlines. Here is what happened. The son was contacted by a music publicist indicating that a Russian pop star had something to pass along. Supposedly the pop star’s billionaire father had met with a top Russian prosecutor and had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. The email exchange continued and Trump Jr. was asked to meet with a Russian lawyer. It turned out that the actual purpose of the meeting was to discuss a law the Russians wanted changed. The stated purpose of the meeting was just a ruse.
The political impact is enormous. This is the first time even a shred of information has been discovered during the months-long collusion investigations. Democrats and their allies in the media are going crazy. Once again the Trump administration is forced to focus on Russia rather that their agenda. It will make it even more difficult to pass major legislation. Eventually this will pass. People care about jobs, the economy and healthcare, not Russia.
Other than the political ramifications, this is really a small story. A legal dictionary defines collusion as “An agreement between two or more parties to defraud a person of his or her rights or to obtain something that is prohibited by law”. Clearly there was no collusion. Russia, and other countries as well, use many methods to gain influence. They likely engaged in similar efforts with the Clinton campaign. Trump, Jr. is a political newcomer who didn’t use very good judgment. I will give him credit for releasing all the pertinent information once this came to light.
Given the enormous effort put into the multiple investigations, it is possible that something else might turn up. Hopefully politicians will focus on what Americans really care about between these eruptions.