Over the last couple of days, the information provided by Trump Jr. about his meeting last year with a Russian lawyer has set off all sorts of talk about collusion and even about "treason". I personally don't think it really rises to that level, myself. However, there is a question that is going unasked here, and the guys at Just Security have penned an article which describes this perfectly: wasn't this offer of dirt from the Russians just a little bit too convenient? From the article: The media is, in large part, missing the point when it comes to the news about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Vesilnitskaya and should be steering instead to raising the right questions. It is difficult to conceive of a scenario in which a private citizen in Russia has access to derogatory information on a U.S. presidential candidate. The act of offering such information was likely, at minimum, a trial balloon, and at best (from Moscow’s perspective), a chance to pass certain information from an agent of the Russian government to the Trump campaign through the candidate’s campaign manager and son, thereby also implicating Donald J. Trump himself. ... Vesilnitskaya may have had her own agenda in requesting a meeting with Trump. That part could be legitimate. But Russian intelligence practice is to co-opt such a person by arming them with secret intelligence information and tasking them to pass it to Trump’s people and get their reaction. ... Based on what we now know, this interaction had all the hallmarks of an overture by Russian intelligence to the campaign, and it is utterly damning that Trump Jr. took the meeting, brought in Manafort and Kushner to the meeting, and none of them reported the events immediately to the FBI nor to U.S. authorities until very recently. https://www.justsecurity.org/43009/...-jr-emails-meeting-russian-government-lawyer/ The full article is well worth a read. EDIT: I should have stated this more clearly before; the Just Security article got me wondering about the Russian side of this event. It sure feels like we are descending back into the good old spy vs spy days of the Cold War, and I'm wondering just what the Russians are looking to achieve here (and what else they may have attempted or are attempting to do). So I've updated the thread title to ask this question.