THE PARAGRAPHS OF THE DAY

Today’s paragraphs come to us from Washington Post columnist and “house Republican” for the paper, Marc A. Thiessen.  They concern a subject we have discussed continually for the past year; the overt collusion between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and foreign nationals.

Mr. Thiessen minces no words about the meeting which took place at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian woman claiming to have “dirt on Hillary”.  He tells us the meeting was “reprehensible” and that “If Mueller finds that anyone on the Trump campaign entered into a criminal conspiracy with Russia, they should go to jail.”

But since, after almost a year and a half of digging by mueller, his Democrats-only staff, Democrat politicians around the country, and a mostly obliging, complicit media, no such criminal conspiracy has been found, that issue is pretty much settled by now.

On the other hand, there is Hillary Clinton and her campaign.  About that, Mr. Thiessen has this to say:

But as bad as the Trump Tower meeting was, it took place at the request of the Russians. They were the ones who approached the Trump campaign, not the other way around.

By contrast, the Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government sources.

They did it through cutouts. In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier, whose sources included “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Steele’s work was paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.

Clinton claims she did not know about Steele’s work. It doesn’t matter. Imagine if Michael Cohen, or another lawyer paid by the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, had hired a former British spy with campaign money to collect dirt on Clinton from Russian intelligence and foreign ministry officials. Do you think that everyone in Washington would be saying: “There’s no evidence Trump knew, so no big deal — nothing to see here?” Of course not.

I disagree with Mr. Thiessen on the gravity of that meeting in Trump Tower. There is no evidence that money was offered in exchange for information, and no law I’m aware of that a campaign must refuse uncompensated information from citizens of another country.

The contrast with what Hillary Clinton’s campaign did could not be greater.  Clinton’s people sought out, bought and paid for information from a foreign national – and the foreign national accumulating this information was, at the same time and even afterward, being paid for information from the FBI.  The stench could not be greater.

In any event, Marc A. Thiessen wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for reminding us, again, of what Clinton & Co. did – and reminding us, again, of the astonishing double standard utilized by most mainstream media in ignoring it.

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