Yesterday, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, released a lengthy statement about that much-ballyhooed campaign meeting with a Russian lawyer. It’s probably the most words that have been written to describe nothing since the collected scripts of “Seinfeld.” But he apparently feels, with some justification, that he has to be as painstakingly clear about this to the media as he would be if he were trying to explain the internal combustion engine to a tadpole.

Some samples: “I had no improper contacts. I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government”…He then states that he had no contact with the Russian lawyer before the meeting and no contact with her after the meeting…He didn’t even read the chain of emails leading up to the meeting…Once he arrived at the meeting “a little late,” he quickly determined that his “time was not being well-spent at this meeting,” then texted an assistant, “Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”


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It’s worth noting that Trump critics are now attacking Kushner for sending that text, and demanding to know how he can stand up to other nations if he needed an assistant to get him out of a meeting. I think it shows that to some people, no matter what Trump or his family members do, it’s always going to be wrong. Let he or she who has never used the “I have an important call I have to take” excuse to get out of a boring meeting cast the first stone.

Personally, after six months of hearing nothing but “Russia, Russia, Russia” 24/7 and not seeing a scrap of evidence that anyone on the Trump team did anything illegal, I can readily understand how Kushner could have welcomed any excuse to escape from something that had turned into a pointless, mind-numbing time-suck. In fact, I think we all know that feeling by now.

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July 12, 2017

Well, it’s Wednesday afternoon. Is it safe to turn the TV back on yet? When I went to bed last night, so many Democratic politicians and cable news talking heads were having a meltdown that I was afraid my television would overheat.

The cause of all this anguished bloviation was, of course, Donald Trump Jr. releasing all his emails and openly admitting to Sean Hannity that, yes, about 10 months ago during the campaign, he agreed to a meeting with a Russian attorney whom he had been told might have incriminating information about Hillary Clinton’s shady dealings with Russia. It turned out she didn’t, it was a ridiculous waste of time, and he cut it short after 20 minutes and forgot about it. I don’t know what shocked these liberals more: that he had the meeting or that someone in politics actually released his emails to the public and openly admitted something.


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This shocking revelation caused what passes for today’s Democratic leadership (Schumer, Franken, Kaine, et al) to gather before the cameras with grave faces and suggest in all seriousness that we could be dealing here with Russian collusion, perjury, even treason. Well, at least it’s nice to know that they now oppose all three of those things. They said Trump Jr. had now admitted that someone connected to the Russian government had colluded with the campaign to harm Hillary Clinton -- which might be worrisome if the attorney were connected to the Russian government (she apparently isn’t) and possessed any information on Hillary (she didn’t). Or if any actual crime had been committed, which genuine legal experts seriously doubt.

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I only wish they’d taken things like the ISIS threat to infiltrate the refugee population with terrorists half as seriously as they did Donald Trump Jr.’s farcical time-waster of a meeting. Or cared half as much about collusion with Russia when their own presidential candidate was raking in millions of dollars in donations to her family foundation from dodgy Russian sources while signing off on selling Russian interests a fifth of the US uranium supply. Well, live and learn!


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Here’s a round-up of the past 24 hours’ worth of hysteria, in case you had more important things to occupy your time: READ HERE

On the other side of the fence, defenders of Trump Jr. called his agreement to take the meeting a stupid rookie political mistake (I don’t think Russia has had “crown prosecutors” since about 1917), but admitted that all campaigns are willing to listen to damaging information about their opponents; they’d just let a lower-level lackey handle the meetings. What do you think that anti-Trump “Russian dossier” was all about? Byron York in the Washington Examiner put it pretty well in an editorial entitled, “Trump Russia Investigation Takes Sharp Turn Toward The Dumb.”

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In listening to all this hoohah, two things occurred to me that I haven’t heard anyone else mention. First, Trump Jr. admitted taking this meeting in hopes that he would learn something about Hillary Clinton’s alleged shady dealings with Russia. If the New York Times had put a fraction of the journalistic diligence into investigating that subject that they do to examining every syllable ever uttered by anyone within 100 yards of Donald Trump, he wouldn’t have needed to take the meeting. He could have read about Hillary’s shady dealings with Russia in the New York Times.

Secondly, according to the generally agreed-upon description of the meeting, the Russian attorney reportedly spoke nothing but inane nonsense. Paul Manafort just started reading his cell phone, Jared Kushner simply walked out after five minutes, and Trump Jr. listened politely for 20 minutes, then ran out of patience and went back to more important work. I couldn’t help thinking, “Man, how I envy them! I wish that every time someone started pratting on with inane nonsense about Russia, I could look at my cell phone, walk out or just go back to doing something more important.” Sadly, those three are now learning what millions of Americans already know: a major political party and a mass media machine are dead set on making sure we are all stuck listening to inane prattle about Russia to the detriment of everything more important for at least the next three-and-a-half years.

It’s enough to make you seriously consider playing Russian roulette.

Finally, if you missed it, here’s Sean Hannity’s message to the Russia-obsessed media: READ MORE

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