Here is the most damning part of the email chain released by Trump Jr. It's from Rob Goldstone, who set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who offered to provide the Trump campaign with damaging information on Hillary Clinton:
“Emin [Agalarov, one of Goldstone's clients] just called and asked me to contact you [Donald Trump Jr.] with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary ... and be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump." [Emphasis added.]I can't imagine how it could get much smokier than that. This is a direct communication with Donald Trump Jr., (I'm going to start calling him DTJ to distinguish him from Trump père) released by DTJ himself. This is not a leak from an anonymous source. There is no question regarding its authenticity. And yet, if you were going to invent an email to try to frame DTJ for collusion, you couldn't do much better than this. There it is, literally in black and white: "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary ... part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." And he took the meeting. Eagerly.
And yet, the Trump camp continues to insist that no "collusion" occurred, presumably because the proffered documents never materialized. I really have to wonder at this point, what do they think the word "collusion" means? It's like saying that, yes, you did indeed try to rob the bank but it's OK because the vault turned out to be empty.
I also wonder how much worse this has to get before Republican senators and congresscritters start to head for the exits.