The headline in the Washington examiner was rather eye-catching:
“At This rate, It will not Matter If Trump cooperation with Russia.”
Huh! Does it matter? This is also the subject of a huge swath of coverage in the media for many months now?
Turns out, the piece included astute observations from Byron York, Fox News contribution, as always, in the center of the journalistic digging and investigative machinery has shifted.
I have long noted that, even though we don’t know for sure, can it not there are when it comes to these murky allegations about Donald Trump, the “in cooperation” with Russia. This does not mean to avoid that, say, Michael Flynn, just invoked the Fifth amendment, testimony on the hill, not the problems of the past payments from the Russians.
But Trump himself? Not so far.
As York says: “the problem of the Federal government, the Democrats, experts, Obama holdovers, and never trumpers, which had hoped to see that result, so far, according to many investigate, no evidence has surfaced that collusion actually took place.”
If you stop and think about it, the flood of leaks to the press in the last 10 days, mainly to try allegations and suggestions of the President, to derail the investigation. This is pretty much the story, since he fired Jim Comey.
As York day-to-day writes, “More and more, Trump, the opponents believe that, when it comes to the reduction of the President, it may not matter, if collusion has occurred or not. A cover-up would be enough to get the job done.”
That sounds pretty absurd. There does not have to be an underlying crime?
In legal terms, no. Many people are prosecuted for obstruction of justice or lying to investigators, regardless of whether you are from any other crime.
But politically, the errors is to go from document to say that all “agreements” with Russia, which would be a wonderful allow ambiguous word, Trump, is that his critics had, empty.
The latest Washington Post-the measuring spoon is in the concealment of the vein. The story says, to help the President, ” asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to him, push-back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.” Trump Dan Coats, Director of national intelligence, and Michael Rogers, chief of the National Security Agency said, according to the piece, and they refused to comply.
“Push back” may not look good, but also not necessarily be illegal.
Critics say that Trump would be the application of such pressure, if he had nothing to hide—but that is an assumption, and not based on facts.
At a house hearing yesterday, former Director of the CIA, John Brennan said he was concerned about the “contacts and interactions” between the trump employee and Russia-and the question is asked whether you, consciously or unconsciously, but he would not continue in public session.
No one knows what will turn up in the special counsel investigation of Robert Mueller. But we seem to be a departure from the core of the matter: the idea that Trump was kind of in Putin’s pocket.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.