After Don Jr. released 4 pages of email communications with him and a Russian tabloid figure, Bill O’Reilly weighed in saying that he was “Smart” to release the emails.
“Trump, Jr. smart to release emails. Tabloid guy set him up w Russian lawyer who promised Hillary dirt. She didn’t deliver. That’s the story.”, O’Reilly tweeted.
Trump, Jr. smart to release emails. Tabloid guy set him up w Russian lawyer who promised Hillary dirt. She didn't deliver. That's the story.
— Bill O'Reilly (@billoreilly) July 11, 2017
O’Reilly’s premise is simple: Since there was absolutely zero information actually given to Don Jr, there is zero collusion that can be claimed. The fact that he “accepted” the meeting means nothing since he wasn’t helped at all by their meeting.
Furthermore, Bloomberg is reporting that the Russian lawyer isn’t even connected to the Kremlin (like the NY Times claims):
“In stories about her meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, the unlikely celebrity in the latest installment of the Trump-Russia story, is often described as someone with “connections to the Kremlin.” That’s misleading, although her involvement still says much about how power works in Russia.
The red-brick fortress at the center of Moscow is the wrong architectural landmark in which to look for the ties that made Veselnitskaya a successful lawyer. The right building is a hulking, futuristic glass structure just outside the Moscow city limits, which houses the government of the Moscow region — the constituent part of the Russian Federation which surrounds but doesn’t include the city of Moscow.
The Russian system of power — at least its all-important informal part — has always been all about “levels.” Russian President Vladimir Putin often uses the word to discriminate between matters that are worthy of his attention and those that aren’t. The regional elites are several notches below the Kremlin level, which explains Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov’s snobbish reaction to news about Veselnitskaya:
“No, we don’t know who that is, we cannot follow all the meetings of all the Russian lawyers both inside the country and overseas.””