A recent article by Max Fisher for Politico exposed how Donald Trump Jr. was allowed to contact a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer by paying a hefty fee.
Trump Jr., in turn, was asked by the campaign to meet with her to discuss how he could get the information.
The story has led to widespread criticism of the President’s eldest son, who is the subject of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
But it also provides a window into how some journalists have become politicized when it comes to the topic of Russian interference in the presidential race.
The article’s author, Max Fisher, told Politico that it’s been “impossible” for journalists to get anything close to the truth.
“I think it’s a good thing that people have gotten so caught up in this whole Russia-Trump controversy, and it’s gotten so politicized,” Fisher told Politico.
He said that “we need to stop trying to separate the fact from the theory.”
It’s worth noting that Fisher is not the first journalist to report on this subject.
Last month, the Intercept published a piece titled “How the Kremlin Helped Trump Win: A Story of the Media.”
The Intercept’s reporting highlighted how a Russian billionaire who had close ties to the Kremlin paid Trump Jr.’s father $500,000 for a meeting he was told would be a Kremlin offer.
The Trump campaign denied that the meeting took place and has called the story “fake news.”
“I don’t know about the Russians, but if the Russians are interested in me, I’d be interested in them,” Trump Jr told the reporter.
“And I know the Russian government is.”
Trump Jr also admitted that he had to pay the man $50,000 in the event that the Kremlin offered a reward.
And he acknowledged that the campaign was trying to make a political point by releasing damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The Intercept has also covered other cases of journalists covering stories that appeared to contradict Trump Jr’s account of the meeting.
The Daily Beast, for example, reported that a former campaign aide claimed that the Trump campaign paid $500k for a phone call with an attorney who claimed to be offering “toll-free” access to the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.
“This is a very interesting story and we are not going to get into it any further,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“We’ve heard from numerous sources who have told us that this was a very low-level effort to try to buy access to Mr. Putin, which the campaign denies.”
But there is a long history of politicized journalism about Russian interference, and Trump Jr is not alone in getting caught in the net.
The Associated Press reported last month that two former Trump campaign officials told the news outlet that the president’s son was told he could “put a button” on the Russian attorney’s phone to obtain damaging information on Clinton.
One of the officials, David Bossie, told the AP that Trump Jr was told that his father could be contacted “directly or indirectly” through the Russian lawyer.
But Trump Jr and his lawyer deny this, saying that they were told that he could call the lawyer via the internet or “by phone.”
In a statement, Trump Jr said that the statement he was given was “completely false” and that he did not know who was talking to him.
“As an avid sports fan, I never intended to commit a crime,” Trump said.
“However, I was duped by an effort by the Russians to obtain my father’s personal and professional details through a Russian government-sponsored media outlet.”
He added, “I did nothing wrong.”