Really, I don't get paid for this. Which should be obvious.
Anyway, the write up on the look back at Doctor Who Serries 10 will appear here tomorrow along with some comments about Sunday's upcoming announcement about who will be... the next Doctor.
"I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen everyday; but I don't trust Coincidences."
Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
On Tuesday, I posted about how the revelation of Donald Trump Jr’s “collusion” with the Russians may be the proverbial tempest in a teapot. I would love nothing more than to see Trump and his ilk go face down in the pile of shit of their own making. But we’ve seen these moments come and go in the past and nothing ever seems to happen to bring Li’l Donnie and his scions down.
All of that is just layers of deniability that any disreputable person employs to separate their self from something else. Again, not to say that Trump Jr wasn’t colluding with the Russian government but this email does not necessarily prove that.
Andrew Prokop also observes that Trump Jr. forwards the email thread to Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, confirming the time of the meeting. Prokop says, "to be blunt: This changes everything."
How? It suggests that Kushner and Manafort were in the loop, knowing that there was a Russian initiative to provide incriminating intel on Hillary Clinton to benefit the Trump campaign. Trump Jr has made statements that Kushner & Manafort, while included in the meeting, were not aware of the substance of the meeting, a claim that lacks believability given that the subject of the meeting was discussed in the email thread that Kushner & Manafort were copied on.
Here, Prokop's on steadier ground as the incriminating info as to the alleged purpose of the meeting Goldstone was facilitating is right there in the email for Kushner & Manafort to see.
What remains unclear is what actually happened when Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort met Russian government attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016, in Trump Tower. Trump Jr. says he was not given any useful information at the meeting and that the matter went no further.
Trump surrogates have defended Trump Jr for the reason that he did not get any dirt on Clinton from this meeting. Trump Jr reports that Veselnitskaya used the pretext of providing negative info on Clinton to lure Trump Jr to a meeting to discuss policy about western adoptions of Russian babies.
So if a guy breaks into your house to steal stuff only to find there's nothing worth stealing, he's innocent.
Again, will this finally bring down the criminally inept Presidency Of Donald J Trump? Well, we can but hope. But I'm a bit too cynical after two years of watching the antics of Trump and his gang as they close to the edge of political ruin but never actually falling over.
Andrew Prokop of Vox.com is not the only one looking at Donald Trump Jr's emails with breathless astonishment at the levels of brazen, criminal stupidity.
So when a conservative pundit goes on Fox News and makes the case that this is exactly the collusion with Russia everybody's been looking for, well, it makes one think maybe this time, someone associated with Trump has finally gone too far.
But for all this wide spread analysis that this email is "damning evidence", I cant believe yet that anything will come of it.
I may be wrong. I hope I am.
But I doubt it.
OK, enough with the politics. Tomorrow, really important stuff. Doctor Who stuff.
Until then, remember to be good to one another.