Did you ever seen the movie “My Cousin Vinny”?

Of course you did.  And I have little doubt you remember that partly funny/partly dark scene where Vinny, played wonderfully by Joe Pesci, humiliates his significant other – Marissa Tomei in her academy award-winning performance, by ridiculing the pictures she took.

Remember what sent her over the edge (pardon the language)?

“Holy shit!  You got it honey!  You did it!  The case cracker!  Me in the shower!  I love this!  That’s it!!!”

…to which she angrily answers…

“That is it.  I’m outta here”…

…and out she goes.

Well, the New York Times, possibly inspired by that scene, now claims to have a “case cracker” moment too.

Excerpted from Sharon LaFraniere, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo’s article in today’s paper:

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired.

That’s it!  The case cracker!  Over a year and a half after the collusion allegations were floated, and over half a year after the Mueller investigation Star Chamber began, we have the answer!!!

George Papadopoulos, whose name was barely mentioned during the campaign (google his name and see for yourself ) had a few too many and bragged to an Australian diplomat – it is claimed – that he knew Moscow had thousands of emails embarrassing to the Clinton campaign.  The Times acknowledges it doesn’t know exactly what Papadopoulos said, and does not claim he had anything to do with Russia’s acquisition of the emails – again, assuming  he said any such thing at all.

There you have it.  The case cracker.

If you want to read a worthwhile take on Papadopoulos – who/what he was to the Trump campaign and the quality of his “information” (as opposed to the crap I just referenced) – read Andrew C. McCarthy’s piece on it from two months ago – that’s right, two months ago, in case anyone thinks The Times has some kind of a scoop here.

Here’s a key paragraph; one The Times, to say the least, is not featuring:

As outlined in a 14-page “Statement of the Offense,” Papadopoulos’s principal offense was to lie to the FBI about when these contacts occurred. He told the FBI they happened before he joined the campaign; in fact, they happened not only after he was aboard but only because he was aboard. Upon close examination, the story unfolded in the offense statement is actually exculpatory of Trump and his campaign. To understand why, we need to revisit the term “collusion.”

Want to read more?  Of course you do.  Just click here and get the whole story, the one The Times isn’t talking about.

Is this the big deal The New York Times is running with?  Is this their idea of a case cracker?

To give you my reaction, I’ll use another quote from My Cousin Vinny – this one, from an astonished Judge Chamberlain (the great Fred Gwynne’s last role before he died):

“Are you on drugs”?

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