Whereas the Russia-obsessed media self-combust, the most important takeaway isn’t “Russia collusion,” however the revelation, buried in footnotes, that the FBI has had in its possession “excessive-degree” Trump marketing campaign e-mails since final yr — and but all investigators might get out of them is a false-assertion responsible cost towards a younger, unpaid marketing campaign aide.
From e-mail exchanges amongst “excessive-rating marketing campaign officers” examined by investigators — together with Paul Manafort — there apparently has emerged no proof of collusion or espionage by the marketing campaign.
We will glean this from the simply-unsealed indictment of George Papadopoulos, who volunteered to work on the Trump marketing campaign’s overseas coverage advisory council, which met only one time.
Within the 14-web page doc, Robert Mueller’s prosecutors keep that Papadopoulos, a twentysomething assume-tank nerd who jumped ship from the Ben Carson marketing campaign, met with people posing as Russian officers who promised dust on Hillary Clinton.
There was nothing unlawful about what Papadopoulos did. The one crime alleged within the indictment is that he lied to federal brokers once they requested him concerning the contacts final January.
It’s pretty plain from the indictment that the younger marketing campaign volunteer was making an attempt to impress larger-ups within the marketing campaign, maybe with a White Home task in thoughts, however was performed for a sucker by con artists who approached him masquerading as Russian honchos tied to Vladimir Putin. (The contact portrayed as “Putin’s niece,” for instance, turned out to be nothing of the type.)
The preliminary Russia supply by Papadopoulos went nowhere, as different members of the overseas coverage staff rejected the suggestion, based on a Washington Publish story revealed in August (sure, that is previous information, new media huffing-and-puffing however). However Papadopoulos continued, e-mailing then-marketing campaign supervisor Lewandowski in April 2016 that “Putin needs to host the Trump group when the time is true.”
The Washington Submit additional reported that Papadopoulos additionally forwarded marketing campaign officers an e-mail from a senior official within the Russian Worldwide Affairs Council about coordinating a Trump go to to Moscow. However as soon as once more, senior marketing campaign officers rejected the suggestion. Proposed journeys to Moscow “didn’t happen,” the indictment confirms.
All this info was contained in inner e-mails the FBI obtained and began reviewing final yr, indicating investigators have had…