- The Washington Times - Monday, March 13, 2017


Well, well, well, isn’t this an interesting development in the whole Democratic-fueled Russians-hacked-the-election media campaign.

This, from Vladimir Putin’s spokesman to CNN “GPS” host Fareed Zakaria, in a recent interview: “[Russia’s ambassador met with] people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

In fact, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said precisely what Attorney General Jeff Sessions did during the rock-and-hard-place time he spent explaining his two meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, while still senator: It’s part of the job.

In Peskov’s words: Kislyak met with American officials on both sides of the political aisle to discuss “bilateral relations,” The Hill reported.

He then said — again — the same as Sessions had insisted: “But there were no meetings about elections, electoral process. … So you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary’s activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true.”

Of course, the hard left will dismiss Peskov’s remarks as simply more defense of Trump — of Russia’s obvious attempt to help Trump extricate himself from a conflict of interest situation, or worse, of one that saw him work in collaboration with Putin to steal the election away from Clinton.

But the fact of the matter is: Sessions, who’s recused himself from all investigations into Team Trump’s conversations with Russian officials during the campaign, was a victim of a partisan hit job. Let’s remember: Sessions has denied all along discussing election matters with the Russian ambassador and there is no proof — no proof at all — to the contrary.

But Democrats have been able to ding away at the story to the point where the truth has been lost in the partisan and media shuffling. It’ll be interesting to see how the left spins this latest revelation about the Russian ambassador ties to Clinton’s people.

The smart vote?

It’s on a slick set of talking points that turns the whole interview back at Trump as further proof of the president’s ties to Russia — that Peskov’s assertion is simply part and parcel of White House-Russia campaign collusion, and now, cover-up. The end result, of course, is to dismantle the White House, piece by piece and player by player, until Trump is rendered completely rudderless — a lone target for easier pickings.

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