Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sword and shield of the Party

Oh, my. Something seems to have gotten the party press into a tizzy on Saturday night.
There's precious little hitting in the evening's top story at the Formerly Fair 'n' Balanced Network:

President Donald Trump’s eldest son, son-in-law, and then-campaign chairman met with a Russian lawyer shortly after Trump won the Republican nomination, in what appears to be the earliest known private meeting between key aides to the president and a Russian.

Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner’s attorney confirmed the June 2016 meeting of the men and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. Then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended, according to the statement from Donald Trump Jr.
What on earth do you suppose made them confirm that?

... Trump Jr. does not serve in the administration and is not required to disclose his foreign contacts.

Kushner lawyer Jamie Gorelick, told Fox News in a statement: “As we have previously stated, Mr. Kushner’s SF-86 was prematurely submitted and, among other errors, did not list any contacts with foreign government officials. The next day, Mr. Kushner submitted supplemental information stating that he had had ‘numerous contacts with foreign officials’ about which he would be happy to provide additional information."

The story is eight grafs, and you won't find much else in the way of hitting back in the other four. Do you suppose there might be some connection to this tale, over at the Failing New York Times?

... The Trump Tower meeting was  not disclosed to government officials until recently, when Mr. Kushner, who is also a senior White House aide, filed a revised version of a form required to obtain a security clearance.

It's actually a rather well-reported story, which might be why the account linked from Drudge actually manages to identify the liberal conspiracy:

... The president’s legal team said Saturday they believe the entire meeting may have been part of a larger election-year opposition effort aimed at creating the appearance of improper connections between Trump family members and Russia that also included a now-discredited intelligence dossier produced by a former British intelligence agent named Christopher Steele who worked for a U.S. political firm known as Fusion GPS.

If you're not familiar with Circa, it's a fake news site created by the Sinclair gang for people who believe everything that shows up on their phones. (Or, in the official description: "An independent digital venture created by Sinclair Broadcast Group to reach millennial consumers on their mobile devices with exclusive video news, entertainment and humor content.")

If we're having this much fun now, imagine what might happen when Massster gets back from his European vacation!

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