Andrew McCarthy, contributing editor at the National Review has said that even though opponents of President Trump, mostly liberals, have been overjoyed at the report by the Washington Post claiming Jared Kushner asked for a Russian back-channel, they completely missed the fact that it blew up their absolute favorite conspiracy theory.
He made the remarks on Tuesday, on The Specialists on Fox News.
Your thoughts on all this back and forth,” Eric Bolling asked McCarthy, “You know, you’re a prosecutor, your thought – is there any there there?”
“There’s no there there as far as the collusion conspiracy is concerned,” McCarthy answered.
“But I think the thing that happened this weekend that is really important that people missed because they’re so giddy about this story about Kushner, is that it blew up the collusion conspiracy,” he explained, “because if there had actually been a collusion conspiracy, there would already be back channels to Russia
“There would be no reason for Kushner, in December,” he added, “weeks after the election to need to set up a back channel to Russia, had there been one during the campaign.”
“I know for the moment they’re loving the story, but i think it’s kinda exploded the story that they’ve been telling us for sixth months,” he concluded.
Another reason, according to Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation, to dispose the theory regarding collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is “Actually if you look at the, in fact, the policies of the Trump administration, towards Russia, they’re significantly tougher than the ones put in place by the Obama presidency actually. And so the Russians aren’t gaining anything at all, in fact, from this Trump presidency being in place. And in fact the Trump presidency has even talked about expanding sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, and so this is tougher language than what we saw coming out of Obama.”
President Trump’s top aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was alleged, in an article in The Washington Post, to be trying to establish a “back channel” of secret communications with the Russian government. While the White House has not denied the allegations, it has criticized the anonymous sourcing of the repot.
Opponents of the Trump administration were quick to take the opportunity to accuse Kushner of potentially committing espionage and Democrats have called for his security clearance to be removed till the investigation concludes.