Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer has toed the line on saying that there didn’t seem to be any evidence to believe there was collusion with Russian officials from within the Trump team. But he just blasted the Republicans who are defending Donald Trump Jr., comparing the president’s eldest son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer to attempting to receive stolen goods.
“They were saying for six months; we didn’t do it, there’s no evidence that we did it … Now they’re saying, yeah we did it, but it wasn’t so bad and we were incompetent at it. That’s not a very good defense,” Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, said on the network.
“If you get in a car to go to a certain place in the middle of the night to pick up stolen goods, and it turns out the stolen goods don’t show up, but the cops show up, I think you’re going to have a very weak story saying ‘I got swindled here,'” he said.
“Look, this is incompetence, they got swindled, and he admits ‘If I had known, I wouldn’t have done this,'” Krauthammer added. “But to say ‘I love it,’ to be informed that the Russians are working on their behalf, contradicts six months of stories.”
Krauthammer believes that the newly revealed correspondence that shows Trump Jr. setting up a meeting with the Russian lawyer has changed his view of Trump’s team and what he believes about collusion between that team and Russia.
“I defended them because up until today there was no ‘there’ there,” he said.
“Well now there is a ‘there.'”
“The denial of collusion is very weak right now because it looks as if Don Jr. was receptive to receiving this information,” he concluded.
On Tuesday Donald Trump Jr. released a chain of emails between himself and publicist Rob Goldstone. Goldstone was offering to create a meeting with a Russian lawyer so that they could obtain damaging information about Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied.
The president has defended his eldest son through a statement read by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “My son is a high-quality person, and I applaud his transparency,” Trump said in the statement delivered to reporters during an off-camera briefing.
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Credit: The Hill