There is no statute against helping a foreign hostile power meddle in an American election. What Donald Jr. — and Kushner and Manafort — did may not be criminal. But it is not merely stupid. It is also deeply wrong, a fundamental violation of any code of civic honor.
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.
I can’t recall ever agreeing with Charles Krauthammer about anything. The man is about as far right as they come. So when even Krauthammer recognizes that what mini-Don, Kushner and Manafort did was fundamentally wrong, you know hell has frozen over. You can read more of his op-ed piece here.
Trump’s supporters will never acknowledge that, of course. They live in an alternative dimension, one completely divorced from reality. But it’s pretty clear that the Trump campaign was all too willing to accept help from the Russian government.
That crosses a line; and if you’re incapable of recognizing that, you’re as hopeless as the Trumps.