Plenty of people have suspected all along that the congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election are nothing but a sham.
Now there’s proof.
No legitimate probe aimed at getting to the bottom of what really happened with the Russians would allow three proven liars to meet with Senate and House investigators behind closed doors without being under oath.
But Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort — the three people most likely to have colluded with the Russians during the presidential campaign — are getting a chance to lie to the Senate and House judiciary committees with impunity.
It would be difficult to trust anything these men said even if they were sworn to tell the truth.
But it’s pretty much a sure bet that interviews held behind closed doors won’t reveal the true story.
Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior aide, was the first to appear before Senate investigators on Monday.
Trump Jr. and Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, struck a deal with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide records and be privately interviewed rather than face a subpoena to appear at a public hearing.
No date has been set for those interviews.
Kushner beamed with that dimpled smile as he left the two-hour Capitol Hill meeting to issue a prepared statement to reporters waiting outside.
He even smiled when a protester tried to get him to sign a Russian flag.
Of course, we don’t know what he actually said in the meeting, but based on the 11-page statement Kushner released Monday morning, there…
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