As has been the case since the day liberals first alleged it, there is still no evidence that Donald Trump conspired with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election, just a lot of innuendo.
It’s clear that Robert Mueller’s investigation is going to turn out to be a nothingburger, and now another avenue through which leftists hoped to nail the president has hit a snag.
On Friday, Judge Henry Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a lawsuit by Democrat National Committee donors Roy Cockrum and Eric Schoenberg and DNC staffer Scott Comer against the 2016 Trump campaign for supposedly conspiring with the Kremlin and Wikileaks to hack DNC emails.
Law & Crime has the details:
The judge said that the federal claim failed because Section 1985(3) is meant to be remedial for the violation of a substantive constitutional right, and doesn’t provide any rights itself. Judge Hudson also said Cockrum failed to specify any underlying right. The court said the complaint alleged a sort of First Amendment violation, but failed because there was no government actor involved.
The first three state claims were for unlawful public disclosure of private facts, one for each of the plaintiffs. After a lengthy discussion over where this disclosure legally should be deemed to have taken place, Judge Hudson said that this could not be determined based on the information in the complaint. As a result, the judge decided to apply the law of Virginia, where the lawsuit was filed. This was unfortunate for the plaintiffs, because Virginia does not recognize the kind of right to privacy that they claim […]
As for the final claim, which was brought only by Comer for intentional infliction of emotional distress, the judge said that the alleged act didn’t quite measure up. The court applied Maryland law to this claim, as that is where Comer was from and where he suffered the alleged harm. Under that state’s law, the judge said, “conduct sufficient to sustain a claim for IIED must be ‘extreme and outrageous.’” While recognizing that Comer “experienced a great deal of stress,” the judge said, ” The alleged conduct— dissemination of Plaintiff Comer’s emails involving workplace gossip and detail regarding a bout of stomach flu—is not ‘extreme and outrageous’ under any standard of measure.”
So this was largely a procedural decision, not one that sheds light on any of the factual claims. Which is just as well; the substance is just as ridiculous.
As a reminder, here’s what Trump said in July 2016 that got the Left (and #NeverTrumpers) up in arms:
If it is Russia — which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is — but if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country, when they would hack into a major party and get everything. But it would be interesting to see — I will tell you this — Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.
Is the Russia investigation a hoax?
As with lots of things Trump says, you can debate whether it was appropriate, but in context, it’s clear that Trump was making a joke.
Sure, CNN tried to make hay out of the Justice Department’s indictment last summer against a dozen Russian operatives, which revealed that on the same day of that comment, the Russians “attempted after hours to spearfish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office.” But the indictment made no suggestion they did so at Trump’s request, and confirmed it was part of ongoing efforts “throughout the summer of 2016.”
As The Federalist’s David Harsanyi explained:
By July 2016, Clinton’s server was long gone. There was nothing to hack.
Even if Trump was sending the Russians directions — during a press conference in front of the entire world — to hack Clinton’s personal emails, it must have meant that he was completely clueless about what was going on. One would imagines that Trump, a KGB asset since 1987, would be better informed. Perhaps not.
Sorry, liberals, but “collusion” just ain’t gonna deliver. If you want Donald Trump gone, you’ll have to do it the old-fashoned way: by winning an election.
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