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Thursday, July 13, 2017

"It's called spying, not opposition research."

Donald Trump shows America and the world how to be an extraordinary con artist, how to turn a scandal into a shoulder shrug and an "Everybody Does It!" or "Anyone Would Do It" explanation for colluding with America's enemies.

Remember this, America, when you teach your children that it's okay to talk to foreign agents in order to get the dirt on your political opponent. It's okay to do this with a country that's hostile to America and with a country whose president is a thug and a murderer. 

Teach your children well and remember:  A POTUS said"Everybody Does It," and "Anyone Would Do It." It's only "Opposition Research!"

Trump calls Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Russian lawyer 'opposition research'

“I don’t know many people who would have done this,” Larry Noble, a former top Federal Election Commission lawyer who is now at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, told USA TODAY on Wednesday. 

“Most people have this sense that American elections should not be influenced by foreign interests.” “It's called spying, not opposition research.” Richard Painter, President George W. Bush’s former ethics lawyer and a frequent critic of President Trump’s activities, said about any information gleaned from Russian sources during the 2016 campaign. 

 The younger Trump has also faced legal questions about whether his meeting violated federal campaign laws. It’s illegal to solicit or accept a contribution from a foreign entity, even an in-kind contribution. 

 Three watchdog groups – Common Cause, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center – on Thursday filed new complaints with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission, contending that Donald Trump Jr. breached federal law along with the meeting’s other attendees, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

 “The e-mails released by Donald Trump Jr. reveal, in no uncertain term, his choice to place his blind support for his father’s candidacy before any allegiance to the nation’s security,” 

And the Gooper bloggers?  They're all fine with this. As long as meeting with foreign agents to interfere with American elections helps one of their tribesmen, it's all good.

So, move along. Nothing to see here!

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