Democrats and the mainstream media are screaming bloody murder this week about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian attorney in July 2016. While most agree that the meeting was incredibly stupid (and undoubtedly a rookie mistake), Democrats point the finger as solid proof that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia.
They ought to tread carefully, however, amid the saying that when you point the finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing right back at you.
When it comes to Russian collusion during the Cold War, Democrats wrote the playbook.
To understand the Democrats' hypocrisy, one must travel back in time to the presidential election of 1984. The economy was booming thanks to Reaganomics, NASA was flying high, and President Ronald Reagan was running for re-election.
No big fan of Reagan, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., reportedly recruited the Russians to work against the sitting president. According to widely published reports, Kennedy enlisted the help of the Kremlin in attempting to take down the president.
In a May 14, 1983 letter written by KGB Director Viktor Chebrikov to then-Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, Chebrikov stated that Kennedy had sent his friend and former Sen. John Tunney, D-Calif., to meet with the Kremlin. During the meeting, Tunney apparently delivered "themes" that Kennedy suggested ought to be used against Reagan in the 1984 election.
The KGB director's letter, which was published in Paul Kengor's 2006 book The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, stated that Kennedy had sympathy for the Soviet Union's positions, particularly on missile defense. In fact, Kennedy suggested that it was Reagan, not the Soviet Union, that was acting as the bully.
According to the KGB letter, Kennedy went so far as to suggest Soviet leaders ought to do a tour of American television interviews in order to improve Russia's image and gain sympathy for their position against the U.S.
Imagine for a moment if Trump Jr. suggested that he personally host a PR tour for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Heads would spin!
Ultimately, Democrats failed spectacularly in their attempt to topple Reagan in 1984. Kennedy managed to avoid any real admission of his involvement with the Russians, and he ultimately admitted before his death that Reagan deserved full credit for winning the Cold War.
Kennedy's compliment is of little solace to Michael Reagan, Reagan's son, who acknowledged to me today that his family has long been aware of the Democrats' efforts to take down his father. Like the younger Reagan, many remain shocked that despite being on the wrong side of history in 1984, Democrats continue to use every tool at their disposal to win elections including meeting with foreign governments during presidential campaigns.
As recently as 2016, at least one Democratic National Committee consultant appears to have colluded with the top-level Ukrainian government officials to gain opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump.
But hey, no Democratic outrage there.
Even in the 1940s, a high-level Democrat — Henry Wallace, Secretary of Commerce and former vice president under President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II — was aggressively working with Russians against U.S. foreign policy.
In 1945, cabinet member Wallace clandestinely met with Anatoly Gorsky, a station chief of the KGB. Now-public intelligence files show that he told the Russian agent he would share secrets about the atomic bomb in order to damage President Harry Truman's foreign policy agenda and to enlist Russia's help for a small group of friends committed to fighting anti-Soviet policies.
Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis, a Yale professor who is known as "the dean of Cold War historians," has reported that Soviet intelligence documents show that Wallace was "regularly reporting to the Kremlin in 1945 and 1946 while he was in the Truman administration."
Can you imagine if today's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was engaged in such activity? It would be outrageous.
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is in hot pursuit of another Democrat that may be entangled in Russian intrigue.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is now looking into the opposition research firm behind the now-debunked "Trump Dossier" prepared by a former British intelligence official. The firm, Fusion GPS, has done business with former Clinton White House staffer Chris Lehane, Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal and the Russian attorney who met with Trump Jr. last summer.
The research firm's co-founder is on the witness list to testify next Wednesday on Capitol Hill, and it seems they'll have a bit of explaining to do about their connection to the Russian woman who met with President Trump's son. Get the popcorn ready for this one.
The witch hunt for Russian collusion doesn't appear to be dying anytime soon.
As the investigation unfolds, rest assured Democrats will continue to hypocritically act as pure as the driven snow — the very kind that fell during the cold winters of the 1980s in Red Square as Democrats secretly colluded with Russians against U.S. interests.
Jennifer Kerns (@JenKernsUSA) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. A GOP communications strategist, she served as spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, recalls in Colorado, and California's Prop. 8. Previously, she served as a writer for the 2016 U.S. presidential debates for FOX News.
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