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Trump Jr.’s emails — still not the smoking gun

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Donald Trump Jr. (left) is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program in New York, July 11. Trump Jr. eagerly accepted help from what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid his father’s presidential campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to emails he released publicly Tuesday.

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Like the diligent journalist I am, I went online within minutes of the news that Donald Trump Jr. had put “incriminating” emails about his meeting with Russian lawyer and lobbyist Natalia Veselnitskaya on Twitter. I opened the Washington Post site and there, nestled between the paragraphs of their lead story on Trump Jr., was an ad for a boxed set of “The Walking Dead.” And I thought...

Well, actually, I thought that this stinks to high heaven, but it is still not the “smoking gun.” The dead will continue to walk around for a while yet.

The emails prove that Junior (not a naive youth but a 39-year-old businessman who has frequently done work in Russia) met the Russian lobbyist in the Trump Tower, together with Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, then the elder Trump’s campaign manager. They had been told that Veselnitskaya was a “Russian government lawyer.”

The emails also show that Trump Jr. believed Veselnitskaya would “provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary (Clinton) and her dealings with Russia and would be........

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