Republicans have a three-step plan to try to protect Donald Trump from facing the consequences of collaborating with the Russians.
Step 1: Deny that it happened (c.f. "Witch hunt")
Step 2: When there is evidence that it happened deny the evidence (c.f. "Fake news")
Step 3: When the evidence becomes undeniable, deny that it was ever a big deal.
To those currently implementing step 3, I pose the following question: if it was never a big deal, why bother with steps 1 and 2? Why not just come right out and admit it from the beginning rather than attempt to cover it up? Enquiring minds want to know.