President Trump appeared to admit yesterday that his son, Don Jr, met with Russians in Trump Tower with the intent of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. He tweeted quote:
"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!"
This, of course, began to blow up the media all day yesterday because it contradicts what the administration said last year. Don Jr's statement regarding the meeting was this.
We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.
But was Trump's admission yesterday something we really didn't know already? We've seen the emails from Don Jr, accepting the meeting after they offered compromising information on Clinton. But it all went south when the only thing the Russians wanted to talk about was adoption and the Magnitsky Act. Whether the President actually knew about this meeting or not we may never know. But, we know that high level members of his campaign, at least, wanted to collude… they just never got the chance. Again, as far as we know.
So really, there's nothing new here. But I did see a line in an NBC News story that got my attention. Directly after quoting the President's admission tweet, the article says this.
It is illegal for campaigns to accept help from a foreign government or from foreign nationals.
You see now that's interesting, because if that's true why haven't the senior members of the DNC, and even Hillary Clinton, not been arrested yet? Because the DNC hired a foreign national, a former spy (Christopher Steele) for that matter, and that's not a problem? The Trump campaign wanted information from a foreign national (a Russian lawyer) but didn't get it. The Clinton Campaign wanted information on Trump, hired a former spy from a foreign nation state, and then used that information to manipulate the FBI and the DoJ.
Out of those two scenarios, which one sounds worse? One candidate tried and failed, while the other was successful in getting compromising information - whether any of it is actually true or not is another issue - but she then used that information to try and swing the election, and the fallout is still affecting public opinion to this day.
No one's concentrating on the larger issue. How often does this kind of activity happen?
In the end, both sides were wrong. Team Trump was wrong for accepting the meeting under those conditions. Team Clinton was wrong for yet another crime that she'll inevitably never have to answer for. But no one's concentrating on the larger issue. How often does this kind of activity happen? How many foreign nationals are making money off of U.S. elections?
On the other hand, how many of our citizens are making money influencing elections in other countries? Tune in to TV tonight, only on the Blaze, to see how wildly out of control this epidemic has become.
This article originally appeared on Glenn Beck