President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it. [New York Times]
IT WAS two weeks after Donald J. Trump became the Republican nominee for president.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Paul J. Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. that included Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. “The people interviewed by The Times” allege that Ms. Veselnitskaya was going to produce “compromising information about Mrs. Clinton.”
But when the meeting was unearthed over this past weekend, it was at odds with what Donald, Jr. had said in earlier interviews. In March 2017, he told The Times, “Did I meet with people that were Russian? I’m sure, I’m sure I did… But none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter dug out a February 2017, Washington Post story recounting 5 other times the Trump team denied contact with Russia.
The other half of the story is about Russian adoption and the Magnitsky Act, but it sounds like cover since Junior apparently forgot about the meeting more than once.
It’s the first whiff of potential collusion between Russians trying to hard to harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and the Trump campaign facilitating a U.S. enemy in tampering with our 2016 presidential election.
Wikileaks began unloading their cache of Democratic emails on July 22.
Timing is everything.
The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help. [The New York Times]
This meeting took place at a pivotal moment for Trump, winning Indiana but facing delegate slog prospect https://t.co/sMcV3QkylV
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 9, 2017
UPDATED: Don, Jr. has now lawyered up. Can’t imagine why…