I knew it’d be a matter of time but I wonder what made The Washington Post decide to cover this given their tendency to lean left I would have thought that they would have just buried it… perhaps worried that someone else would break it before they would?
In any case, it seems that WaPo has uncovered some documents which shows the Russians did seek a meeting with Donald Trump and his campaign team during the election year but… they declined.
As written by Guy Benson for TownHall.com:
When exculpatory evidence surfaces, that should matter just as much as when new information looks damning — unless, of course, you have a pre-determined agenda, as seems to be the case with many in the press. That said, good for the Washington Post to run with a story that disrupts the collusion storyline in which so many of their colleagues are heavily invested. Email records prove that Russian government envoys tried to open private lines of communication with the Trump campaign, and were rebuffed:
Papadopoulos, a campaign volunteer with scant foreign policy experience, persisted. Between March and September, the self-described energy consultant sent at least a half-dozen requests for Trump, as he turned from primary candidate to party nominee, or for members of his team to meet with Russian officials. Among those to express concern about the effort was then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who rejected in May 2016 a proposal from Papadopoulos for Trump to do so…On March 24, [Sam] Clovis, the campaign co-chairman who also served on the foreign policy team, reacted to one proposed Russia meeting by writing, “We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies.” In the same email chain, [Charles] Kubic, the retired admiral, reminded others about legal restrictions on meetings with certain Russian officials, adding, “Just want to make sure that no one on the team outruns their headlights and embarrasses the campaign.”
Writes Allahpundit, “not only weren’t [Trump campaign bosses] interested, they were mindful of proper protocol: At least one advisor noted that meetings with a foreign state would raise Logan Act questions while another mentioned that U.S. allies should be notified before any Russia meetings happened.” That…doesn’t sound like the behavior of an operation intent on collaborating with an adversarial foreign government, does it? Again, none of this erases Manafort’s sketchiness or the now-infamous Trump Jr. meeting (and subsequent lies about it). Those still exist and still look bad. But countervailing evidence matters, too.
These freshly-revealed emails look like a conscientious campaign doing the right thing and expressing appropriate skepticism when approached about opportunities to huddle with the Russians. You can argue that maybe they turned down these contacts because they were involved with the Kremlin at a higher level elsewhere, but there’s no proof of that. You can also contend, as WaPo’s story does, that this further demonstrates Moscow’s keen interest in establishing ties with the Trump camp. That’s fine, but that Russian interest would need to have been improperly reciprocated and acted upon to be a scandal. Collusion requires at least two parties, by definition. So this strand of evidence cuts in Trump’s favor. That is relevant, and ought to impact the trajectory of The Narrative.