The media world is abuzz with talk of collusion between Donald Trump Jr., and the Russian government after reports indicated an e-mail to the President’s son stated that his meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer “was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy.”
Whether or not Trump Jr., thought he was doing anything more than opposition research remains to be seen.
Still, the damage has been inflicted.
If opposition research through meetings with a foreign government is of media concern now, journalists may want to delve into their archives a little deeper.
For example: Back to the time when Hillary Clinton’s campaign colluded with the Ukrainian government to take down Donald Trump through a sharing of opposition research.
Politico reported in January:
Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
Turns out, a veteran DNC operative who previously worked in the Clinton White House, Alexandra Chalupa, worked with government officials in the Ukraine to dig up oppo research on Trump and his top campaign aide at the time, Paul Manafort.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) July 11, 2017
The Politico report even goes so far as to indicate the DNC encouraged Chalupa to try and set up interviews with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss Manafort.
The media didn’t seem all that concerned with collusion between Hillary’s campaign and the Ukrainian government back then, so they shouldn’t be acting indignant as the Trump Jr., story begins to unfold.
Do you think Hillary’s campaign and Trump Jr.’s actions are the same? Just your run-of-the-mill oppo research? Tell us what you think below!