Media vultures are circling around Donald Trump, Jr.

They think he provided the smoking gun that proves the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

But he didn’t hold back, and in one interview he crushed his critics.

So-called “journalists” were jumping for joy over the revelations of an email where Donald Trump, Jr. was promised information about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats colluding with Russia.

A publicist Trump, Jr. knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant emailed him in early June of 2016 and claimed a Russian lawyer had information about illegal campaign contributions to Clinton from the Russian government.

Trump, Jr. took the meeting and invited his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to attend.

It quickly became apparent the lawyer had no information and the true purpose was to lobby about sanctions on Russian adoption.

The meeting quickly ended.

But the anti-Trump press pounced, and claimed the new standard was no longer collusion but a “willingness to collude.”

The publicist was described in the email as a government lawyer, but she denies any connections to the Kremlin and no one has produced any evidence of her link to Putin.

Trump, Jr. answered his critics in an interview on Sean Hannity’s TV program.

Politico reports:

Donald Trump, Jr. said Tuesday that he “probably would have done things a little differently” regarding his controversial meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who promised to give him dirt on his father’s campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential race.

In his first public interview since publishing his exchange concerning Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on Twitter earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s eldest son repeated that the meeting was a “waste of time” and again downplayed its significance and the extent to which he believed the information he’d be attaining would be credible.

“I didn’t know if there was any credibility, I didn’t know if there was anything behind it, I can’t vouch for the information,” Trump, Jr. said speaking to Fox News host and outspoken Trump supporter Sean Hannity during an interview Tuesday. “Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly.”

He added: “It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”

Trump, Jr. also noted that the meeting took place about a week before the first reports of the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

The Russia hysteria had not yet swept up the political press, so it did not occur to him to be alarmed when someone claimed they had official documents from the Russian government.

The meeting was a nothing.

But the media and Democrats are running to absurd lengths to hype it up.

Failed 2016 Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine made the outrageous — and false — claim that Trump, Jr. may have committed treason.

Like every other supposed Russia bombshell, this is an overhyped nothing burger of a story.

Trump, Jr. made that clear when he crushed his critics.