Charles Krauthammer, a conservative columnist and regular Fox News contributor, has been outspoken about the fact that while Russia attempted to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, the Trump campaign did not directly collude with the Russians. However, on Thursday night while being interviewed for “Special Report with Bret Baeir,” Krauthammer went off on the Trump administration for repeatedly lying about having had no contact with the Russians. What appears to have set Krauthammer over the edge, is the emails released earlier this week that show members of Trump’s inner circle met with a high ranking Russian lawyer who was said to have information damaging to Hillary Clinton.
Krauthammer, when speaking about the emails in question said, they “totally undermine a six-month story from the White House … that there wasn’t any collusion.” Krauthammer continued to bash the Trump team saying, “This was a bungled collusion. This was amateurish collusion. This was Keystone Kops collusion. But it doesn’t change the fact that it was attempted collusion and it undoes the White House story completely.”
Krauthammer wrote an article on National Review Thursday that made similar points to his interview on Fox News. He wrote, “Once you’ve said ‘I’m in, it makes no difference that the meeting was a bust, that the intermediary brought no such goods. What matters is what Donald Jr. thought going into the meeting, as well as Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, who were copied on the correspondence, invited to the meeting, and attended.” He also wrote that, “You don’t need a lawyer to see that the Trump defense — collusion as a desperate Democratic fiction designed to explain away a lost election — is now officially dead.”
Even prominent conservatives are now admitting that what the Trump team did was problematic at best and illegal at worst. What happens next will depend upon the integrity of conservatives as much as the passion of the left.