Resistance BUZZKILL: Sean Davis sums up why Trump Tower meeting testimony SINKS ‘collusion’ narrative

The Senate Judiciary Committee has released thousands of pages of testimony regarding the investigation into a Trump Tower meeting between Trump officials and Russians.

Grassley on releasing the transcript of interviews on Trump Tower:
The public has a right to know and the public can go through these two-thousand pages and make up their own mind, draw their own conclusions. They don’t have to have it deciphered by members of Congress.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 16, 2018

Breaking: Details of 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer made public as Senate releases testimony https://t.co/c9vbJIj6vH

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 16, 2018

The Federalist’s Sean Davis summed it all up in a few tweets, and it’s nothing the anti-Trump Resistance is going to like hearing:

Judging by the testimony of participants in the Trump Tower meeting, the whole thing was a nothingburger. Veselnetiskaya said she had dirt on illegal Clinton contributions, Trump Jr. asked for proof, she had none, and everyone lost interest in what she had to say.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

The “dirt” Veselnitskaya offered was that a bunch of money from an illegal Russian tax scam was being illegally funneled to the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Trump Jr. asked how that money ended up with the DNC/Clinton. Veselnitskaya’s response: “Hell, I don’t know.”

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

At that point, according to testimony from Rinat Akmetshin (not at all a fan of Team Trump), Donald Trump, Jr., “instantly lost interest.” pic.twitter.com/6xbCffCYMg

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

To recap: a shady Russian lawyer working with Fusion GPS set up a meeting with Trump officials to share dirt (which was really just an excuse to whine about the Magnitsky Act). She had no dirt, the Trump officials sniffed that out pretty quick, and everyone moved on.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

Attention mainstream media:

There’s an unmistakable commonality in so many of these Russian collusion stories: wild and anonymous accusations of treason spark hysteria, then are used to justify law enforcement investigation, then we find out what was reported isn’t at all what really happened.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

A fun aside: two of the Russia-connected people in that meeting were quite close with Team Clinton. Rinat Akmetshin is BFFs with Ed Lieberman, whose wife was a long-time Clinton WH staffer, and Ike Kaveldze and his whole family voted for Hillary.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

These transcripts show why all the hysterical “Why didn’t the Trump campaign immediately report this meeting to the FBI?” nonsense was so fake and contrived. Because it’s obvious Veselnitskaya was blowing smoke and her primary goal was just to whine about the Magnitsky Act. Yawn.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

You can even see this in the notes Manafort took of the meeting. The whole purpose of the meeting was to slime Bill Browder to attack the Magnitsky Act (same w/ the mention of Russian adoptions). Goldstone’s promise of Hillary dirt was just a ruse to get the meeting. pic.twitter.com/XpNUT3wHIj

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

It’s no wonder the Democrats on the Judiciary committee refused for months to release all these transcripts: they completely undermine the collusion narrative and the Trump Tower meeting’s place in it.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

As if the MSM will learn a lesson this time.

Some Dems looking for more reasons to yell “IMPEACH” even louder are finding tidbits in the transcripts to give them hope but they might end up being disappointed yet again.

Seeing Manafort’s Trump Tower notes with my own eyes it’s all the more embarrassing that NBC News got the story so badly wrong back in August. https://t.co/ZF0MtjIdPz https://t.co/KSHxkRFeSD

— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) May 16, 2018

Even NBC’s correction on the story was wrong. On left is NBC correction; on right are Manafort’s notes. Seems most likely that he meant to write “active sponsors of *DNC*” pic.twitter.com/JuIhVpTAn4

— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) May 16, 2018

Yep. Because the laughably fake dirt offered by Veselnitskaya was that Browder and others had helped to illegally funnel a bunch of tax fraud money to the DNC. https://t.co/A89BhEFmBl

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

Of course Fusion Ken Dilianian wrote that false story. Of course he did. https://t.co/Gr0b9fNDjG

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 16, 2018

People’s mistrust of the mainstream media isn’t unjustified.

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