Media Blasts Trump Over Russia, But Some Call It Hysteria

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been under media fire over the Russia scandal, but some say the intense scrutiny amounts to media hysteria.

In the latest chapter of this ongoing controversy earlier this month, e-mails surfaced between Trump's son and a Russian lawyer who allegedly had access to compromising information on then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Critics say this is evidence of collusion of the Trump campaign with Russia, although the lawyer denied having worked for the Russian government.

"The media has gone absolutely insane on this. They are seeing crimes that don't even exist," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

"It's pretty reckless and dangerous, the way that this is being covered," he said. "As much as the ... media wants this to be a crime, it's certainly not treason, and it doesn't appear to be a crime of any type, at least based on the facts as we know them," he said.

Trump's critics say it is illegal for campaign officials to receive anything of value -- such as compromising information on an opposing candidate -- from a foreign government, or from someone representing a foreign government.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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