The Lyin, the Witch Hunt, and the Warden

Collusion is not a legal term in this context, nor is it a crime. Neither is listening to outlandish tales, even from foreigners. But Trump, Jr’s e-mails do raise questions of possible criminal behavior, starting with violations of campaign-finance laws.” The story is dominating the headlines and it’s pretty clear that having the meeting was a bad idea. But are Donald Trump Jr’s e-mails evidence of a crime? According to his dad, it’s all part of the greatest political witch hunt in history. (With all due respect to Salem.)

+ “The Russia story has become the brier patch from which the president seemingly cannot escape. It dominated his trip to Europe last week and, after he leaves on Wednesday night for a couple of days in France, it may dominate that trip as well. Every time Mr. Trump tries to put the furor behind him, more disclosures thrust it back onto the Washington agenda.” From the NYT: Rancor at White House. And from WaPo: White House under siege.

+ This lede from McClatchy won’t offer much respite for the beleaguered White House: “Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign’s digital operation – overseen by Jared Kushner – helped guide Russia’s sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton.”

+ The Daily Beast: Inside the Semi-Secret Life of Rob Goldstone, the Playboy Who Could Bring Down Trump. (I’m not sure it’s even semi-secret. When Goldstone arrived for the now infamous meeting at Trump Tower, he checked-in on social media.)

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