Judge Amy Berman Jackson described it so aptly: “The No Collusion Mantra”. It has been repeated by Trump’s army of sycophants and catamites more often than than the Lotus Sutra has by a monastery full of Nichiren Buddhist initiates.
Trump apologists and enablers continuously fall back on the refrain, “There is no proof of collusion!” At the time of this writing, that is true; there is no proof of collusion. But what is proof? Proof is an impossibility and irrelevant. Very few convictions are made with “proof”, and we are not even at trial yet. Evidence is what is needed, and evidence…well evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign is everywhere.
Perhaps the most damning and compelling evidence, however, is found in the lies. Why is everyone who is involved with Trump lying? And why are the lies always about Russia?
Let’s look closely at the lies:
George Papadopoulos: Lied to the FBI about discussing “dirt” on “thousands of emails” with a contact whom he thought had ties to the Russian government.
Paul Manafort: Violated terms of his plea agreement by lying about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant with ties to Russian intelligence.
Michael Cohen: Lied to Congress about Donald Trump’s involvement with Russia during the campaign in regards to negotiations around building a Trump Tower in Moscow. According to Cohen, he was directed to lie by Donald Trump
Donald Trump: Lied to the American people about the nature of the infamous Trump Tower Meeting between
Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and among other people Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. He claimed the meeting was about Russian adoptions but as revealed later it was about obtaining “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to be used during the campaign.
Roger Stone: Allegedly lied to investigators regarding his communication with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker persona widely believed to be operated by Russian GRU officers, who hacked the DNC emails which were subsequently released by Wikileaks prior to the 2016 election.
Jared Kushner: Conveniently “forgot” to mention the near 100 different contacts with foreign state agents, including Russians on his application for a security clearance. An action which is considered a felony when intentional.
That is A LOT of lies about A LOT of Russians.
Each of those lies listed above were made at some sort of peril to the person making them. People only lie at their own peril for two reasons: they think they can get away with it and the peril for lying is more desirable than the peril for telling the truth. These two reasons are not mutually exclusive; more often, they are mutually dependent.
I hate the word collusion. I hate it with a passion. Collusion itself is not a crime, however the word’s definition implies criminality in every definition I could find. A more correct word is conspiracy, which of course is explicitly criminal.
If was no conspiracy, or collusion if you prefer, why the lies? Why is everybody surrounding Donald Trump lying about Russia if there is nothing about Russia? The only logical reason is because the truth is far more perilous.