Stirewalt: Trump's 'Nothing There' Talking Point Died With Don Jr. Stories
The Trump team's "no there there" talking point died this week, Chris Stirewalt said this morning on "America's Newsroom."
The Fox News politics editor agreed with Charles Krauthammer's overall assessment of the damage done by the revelation that President Trump's son Donald Jr. met a Russian lawyer last spring in an attempt to obtain dirt on the Clintons.
Writing in the Washington Post, Krauthammer said:
"It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame," Donald Jr. told Sean Hannity. A shame? On the contrary, a stroke of luck. Had the lawyer real stuff to deliver, Donald Jr. and the others would be in far deeper legal trouble. It turned out to be incompetent collusion, amateur collusion, comically failed collusion. That does not erase the fact that three top Trump campaign officials were ready to play.
It may turn out that they did later collaborate more fruitfully. We don’t know. But even if nothing else is found, the evidence is damning.
Stirewalt said the Trump White House's credibility has been "badly" hurt, since they've claimed for months that the stories about collusion were a "hoax."
He said some Democrats have still gone too far with "wild-eyed" accusations, like calling for the president to be investigated for treason, but said a "really important talking point" can no longer be used by the administration.
Stirewalt said Trump Jr. and others "in the Trump orbit" let President Trump and VP Mike Pence make repeated statements that turned out to be false about contacts with Russians.
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