Let’s first look at a few parallel stories.
A world-top cyclist wins a major world bicycle race. Afterwards traces of a forbidden substance are found in his urine. The same are then also established in his urine samples of many other competitions.
He is then stripped of all his titles, disqualified from the sport for life and loses all his sponsors.
However, seven years later, medical science finds that the forbidden substance does not have any positive effect on performance. Should he be reinstated?
Well, he wasn’t. He betrayed integrity; that he did not profit makes him come out a fool and sucker only even more.
A guy buys from a Mafioso weapons to shoot up some people who irritate him.
At the conclusion of the sale, it turns out that the seller was not an underworld character but an FBI agent, who arrested him.
Is the would-be murderer culpable?
It would be unthinkable to first let him kill because after that, the trial would be easier to conduct.
After his own admission, producing written proof, Donald Trump Jr., son of the future US President, had been eager to meet and indeed met a lawyer who promised him Kremlin-issued dirt about his father’s competitor, Hillary Clinton.
In the meeting with the lawyer it turned out that she did not have such information and she might not even have been connected to the Kremlin.
The question is: Did Trump Jr. do anything wrong?
Well, if the examples above are in any way parallels, he is guilty as hell.
He was eager to get help from an enemy country to help his father get elected.
He seems to believe in earnest that when the goods were not delivered, his keenness doesn’t matter. It might take a judge to explain to him differently.
NB; This lawyer represents wealthy Russian businessmen. They wanted better trade deals between the former USSR and the US. The slander thing was only her bait. If talking with her is not letting Russian interests influence the (future) president of the USA, then what is? But that seems another offense.
Oh, did his father know? Well, his senior advisor son-in-law was there and so was his campaign manager; but Trump Sr. did not know? Would anyone believe that? Not likely.