In a Washington Post editorial titled, “Bungled collusion is still collusion“, Mr. Krauthammer writes, “The evidence is now shown. This is not hearsay, not fake news, not unsourced leaks. This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself.”
Mr. Krauthammer is a Republican in the mold of President of George W. Bush and his father. While usually partisan, he is far from a Tea-Party know-nothing. He attended Harvard Medical School for psychiatry and had a successful career prior to starting punditry.
In his essay, he claims that he did not see evidence of collusion until viewing Mr. Trump, Jr.’s own self-incriminating emails. Prior to this, though he didn’t necessarily believe the allegations of collusion, he nonetheless was troubled by how the White House reacted to them.
“I was puzzled. Lots of coverup, but where was the crime? Not even a third-rate burglary. For six months, smoke without fire. Yes, President Trump himself was acting very defensively, as if he were hiding something. But no one ever produced the something. My view was: Collusion? I just don’t see it. But I’m open to empirical evidence. Show me. The evidence is now shown.”
In closing, he writes, “I leave it to the lawyers to adjudicate the legalities of unconsummated collusion. But 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.” Though reassuring, very few other prominent Republicans will openly agree with his conclusion.