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Papadopoulos Indictment Disproves the Collusion Story

On Monday morning, it was revealed that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were charged by a grand jury with money laundering and conspiracy, significant-sounding offenses that the media has pounded into the generally consciousness.

However, the crimes that Manafort and Gates allegedly committed supposedly occurred between 2005 and 2012. The charges are completely unrelated to the Trump campaign, and as The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board stated, “[T]he main charge against Donald Trump is poor judgment for hiring [Manafort].”

However, the news concerning George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, is much more damning on the surface than the Manafort indictment.

George Papadopoulos

Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old who pled guilty to lying to the FBI in early October, told investigators that he met with Russian nationals prior to joining the Trump campaign. However, he had spoken with a Russian professor and a woman purporting to be Vladimir Putin’s niece shortly after joining the team. Additionally, according to court documents, Papadopoulos asserted that he had received the “green light” from his superiors to connect with Russia.

The liberal pundits have had a ball with the Papadopoulos saga. However, a look at his credentials makes it clear that he was in no position to act as the campaign envoy to Russia (even if there was one).

The 30-year-old Papadopoulos listed Model U.N. honors on his resume up until he was tapped by the Trump campaign. Even after securing the job, his meager fortunes didn’t change much — he served in a low-level capacity and “held little sway,” according to The Washington Post.

President Donald Trump himself chimed into the debate. On Twitter, he wrote, “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George [Papadopoulos], who has already proven to be a liar.” The president was apparently hinting at Papadopoulos’ false statements to the FBI.

Papadopoulos, who posted information about his dealings with Russia on his Facebook account (and then deleted it after being interviewed by the FBI), was “more JV than master spy,” writes Timothy Carney for the Washington Examiner. In fact, the adviser was so inexperienced that he didn’t even bother to make sure that the woman that he was speaking to was actually Putin’s niece (she wasn’t).

On top of being panned for his lack of competence, Papadopoulos’ requests to connect with the Kremlin were apparently scoffed at. Michael Caputo, a former Trump advisor, wrote that Papadopoulos was “rebuffed by Paul Manafort when he tried to set up Russia meetings.”

The mainstream media realizes this, but their unilateral reaction is something along the lines of “So? Who cares? This Papadopoulos thingy proves that Team Trump talked to Russia!”

However, the situation is just the opposite — it is becoming more and more obvious that there was a Kremlin conspiracy against Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton.

The Kremlin is very attentive when it comes to American politics. They likely realized that the Trump campaign was disorganized and underfunded in the summer of 2016, a fact that was alliterated by articles published by major news providers. As a result, they took advantage of the campaign’s weaknesses in an effort to discredit its mandate in the case of a win.

The Kremlin allegedly coordinated talking points with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who promised Donald Trump Jr. information against Hillary Clinton. She was able to arrange a meeting with the younger Trump, but instead of providing dirt, she sought to discuss the Magnitsky Act’s implications for adoptions.

Even though Trump Jr. was not an employee of Team Trump and he had extracted nothing from the lawyer, the story was heavily publicized by the media due to the emails that were exchanged beforehand.

However, at the same time that Trump Jr. was communicating with Veselnitskaya, Papadopoulos had a line of contact with Russian nationals who similarly offered up kompromat on Clinton.

The fact that two members of Team Trump were scrambling for Russian juice at the same time deflates the collusion story — there was no organized effort to bring in Russian reinforcements. On the other hand, it shows that there may have been a Russian effort to tie Team Trump’s victory to them.

Vladimir Putin & Hillary Clinton

This is not just a spin. Consider that the Russians also fed Christopher Steele false intel on Trump, which was disseminated by Clinton.

The broader reality is simple: The Russians deployed their minions (with instructions to connect with Team Trump), while simultaneously feeding the U.S. media bad info, in an effort to discredit Trump.

Why wouldn’t they? Hillary Clinton approved the sale of 20% of the U.S.’ uranium production capacity to a Russian state-owned company in exchange for large contributions. The Kremlin likely expected that Clinton would continue this pay-for-play arrangement as president.

At this point in time, the media folks who are still screeching about the nonexistent Trump-Russia collusion are yellow journalists who have no shame in peddling fake news.