FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
The species is wired this way, several experts have said: Would Donald J. Trump accept information from a foreign government during a White House campaign?
Presumably, yes, he would. (If you're six years old, feel free to call it "dirt.")
This prospect seems less upsetting to us than it does to everyone else. That may be because we understand what "information" is.
That said, we probably don't want foreign intelligence services trying to play active roles in our presidential campaigns. In a related point, we presumably don't want to encourage the use of stolen information or materials in such campaigns.
That said, we've yet to hear a coherent discussion of this whole conundrum. In theory, Congress is trying to craft a law which would more clearly define the outlines of permissible behavior, but we've seen no one who's able to deal with the complexities of this matter in a coherent manner.
Should we ban information from foreign governments? Should we ban information from foreign nationals? How is a campaign supposed to know if a foreign national is operating on behalf of a foreign government?
In the case of the nothing-burger Trump Tower meeting, was the Russkie lawyer so behaving? For what it's worth, the Mueller report didn't state a conclusion on that point one way or the other.
By the way, foreign governments can simply release information if they want it to be released. They don't have to set up secret meetings to pass it to someone's campaign.
Concerning the receipt of information from foreign nationals, we heard an explanation on CNN today which really took the cake. The presentation was of course accepted as if it made perfect sense.
We'll show you the transcript tomorrow, but Donald Trump is hardly the only public figure whose statements and analyses almost never make any sense. Our mainstream press corps has functioned that way for at least three decades now. Trump has merely taken their mental disorder to the next dangerous level.
Trump's exchange with George Stephanopoulos has set off a semi-hysterical pseudo-discussion which has been incoherent even by press corps norms. Tomorrow, we'll try to discuss some of the basic ins and outs of this latest old-fashioned scare.
Nicolle Wallace and her gang of favorites and elves have been especially sad. "This is the way the species was wired," well-known future anthropologists have despondently said.
In related matters: In related matters, women receive no pay for equal work and you're in a segregated school if there are any kids there at all. We learned these things on cable news from our very best crackpots and pals.