Remember those lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer? Those days of soda, and pretzels, and . . . treason?
"This is moving into perjury, false statements and even into potentially treason," Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., says of investigations into Team Trump’s adventures among the Russians. “We understand why some are raising issues of treason,” ethics lawyers Norman Eisen and Richard Painter write in The New York Times.
So we were told. Donald Trump Jr. took a meeting with Russian operatives. It was treason. Tim Kaine was going to be Hillary Clinton's vice president, you might recall. It was quite the contretemps for a while.
Winter is approaching. And now what?
What’s the difference between the infamous Russian dossier on Donald Trump and that random fake-news story you saw on Facebook last year? The latter was never used by America’s intelligence community to bolster its case for spying on American citizens nor was it the foundation for a year’s worth of media coverage.
Then again, you get what you pay for. We now know Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid as much as $9 million for the discredited dossier on Trump.
According to The Washington Post, a lawyer named Marc Elias, who represented both the 2016 Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, had hired Fusion GPS, a DC firm working on behalf of the Russian government to soften sanctions at the time, to provide opposition research for them. The firm then hired a former British spy named Christopher Steele who reportedly purchased salacious rumors about Trump from the Russians.
Taking a meeting with Russia is treason. Spending $9 million for Russian oppo is not. Has anyone asked Tim Kaine for a clarification? This must be another cause where our lack of nuance is keeping us from a greater truth.