The media has gone wild over the Trump emails obtained by the New York Times, and then released by Trump Junior himself. How did the NYT obtain these emails? If they came from intelligence sources, they illustrate the violations of the Fourth Amendment by the intelligence community that led Ed Snowden to defect to Russia. Of course, once Trump himself released the emails, their veracity is confirmed, but where did the NYT get them in the first place? Did someone violate Donald Junior’s Fourth Amendment rights? Is the NYT not concerned about violations of the Fourth Amendment? It has repeatedly relied on its protection under the First Amendment. Is one amendment more important than the other?
It’s interesting that liberal journalists across the board have no concern about reading other people’s emails. A hundred years ago reading someone else’s mail was a very bad thing to do. Someone who did it would have been considered an immoral, impolite voyeur. Today there is no concern about reading other people’s mail. The talking heads delight in it and feel no shame. President Trump is certainly boorish and impolite, but so are the talking heads who criticize him. A pox on both your houses.
I found it interesting that on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” Sen. Tim Kaine said Americans were deployed to fight the Russians, and because of that confrontation, what Donald Trump, Jr., did was potentially treason. Since the penalty for treason is death, Kaine presumably believes that Trump Junior should die for meeting with a Russian lawyer.
The Trump discussions look like nothing compared with the Reagan campaign’s negotiations with the Iranians to help Reagan defeat Carter in 1980. See this report in the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs. Although most of these negotiations were secret, the Iranian release of the Iranian hostages the moment after Reagan took the oath of office was very public. Compared to Reagan, Trump is as pure as the driven snow.