“Hoping and telling are two very different things,” Trump Jr. pointed out.
Victoria Lamb Hatch

“Hope” here is about coercion, as it contradicts to “dropped”, a forced action. What was his reason to hope for an unlikely outcome? Someone might hope that the investigation is finished soon. They can’t hope that a jewellery store employee gives them an expensive diamond for free, unless they possess some technique to exercise their “hope”.

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