The Russia Collusion Story is Just That: a Story

There seems to be no story the media enjoys covering more than the supposed Donald Trump-Russia collusion “scandal.” Despite the fact that the investigation has been active for close to one year with no concrete evidence of collusion, the story is paraded as the modern-day Watergate. To refresh readers, the US Code section that defines collusion is 18 US Code § 953, which reads in part “Any citizen of the United States… who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” Those who wish to see the administration confronted on the issue of collusion do not have their wishes rooted in reality–by this definition, there has been no evidence presented to prove collusion by any member of the Trump campaign or the new administration. The email chain concerning the Natalia Veselnitskaya meeting released by Donald Trump, Jr. is the only piece of evidence uncovered in the investigation that could point to collusion in any way, but there was no criminal act shown in the email conversations. While Trump, Jr. did not show any apprehension regarding the receipt of incriminating information about his father’s political opponent, neither would any political campaign with a desire to win. The left has twisted the meaning of collusion to mean any correspondence with a foreigner, regardless of that foreigner’s status as a legitimate representative of their government. However, that is not the legal definition of collusion. Natalia Veselnitskaya is not a member of the Russian government, nor is she an “officer or agent thereof.” Therefore, a meeting with her does not constitute collusion. It perhaps constitutes naïveté, but naïveté is not criminal.

Furthermore, the narrative surrounding the “scandal” is obsolete and hypocritical. While those on the left crusade for Donald Trump, Jr. to be convicted on charges of treason or for the President himself to be impeached, they conveniently turn a blind eye to the verified, provable collusion between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Convention. They seem to forget when Megyn Kelly interviewed then-interim DNC chairwoman after the last Presidential debate and claimed that “as a Christian woman” she would not allow Ms. Kelly to “persecute” her because the allegations of collusion between the DNC and CNN were “totally false.” Of course, those allegations were later proven to be true when Brazile admitted to receiving debate questions from CNN and giving them to the Clinton campaign. When Democrats allege that the President has too-deep ties to Russia, they easily forget the Uranium One deal brokered by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. In that deal, the U.S. permitted a Russian company to purchase a controlling share of a Canadian uranium mining company that controls roughly 20% of American uranium assets. This transaction was permitted after former President Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a one-hour speech in Moscow that was organized by a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin. Hillary Clinton was part of the board that had the power to authorize the $1.3 billion deal, and shortly before the deal was authorized eight Uranium One board members decided spontaneously to donate several millions of dollars to The Clinton Foundation. The Uranium One board’s chairman donated $3.1 million himself. Unsurprisingly, the deal went through. There is no proof of collusion or deception from the Trump administration. There is, however, proof of such corrupt acts by the Clintons and the Democratic Party.

The so-called “scandal” surrounding the President and his administration is not likely to end soon. I, for one, hope it does not. The Democratic Party’s myopic and self-righteous focus on the non-story that is Russia is not what the American people want to hear. They want to see progress made and change brought to Washington. Donald Trump is that positive change.

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Written By: Matthew Vitale

Executive Editor, The New American Right

External Vice President, College Republicans at UCR

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