What took place last June when Donald Trump. Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met with Russians promising them dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of their government’s efforts to help Trump’s campaign couldn’t be much more obvious. This was a meeting set up between associates from Trump’s campaign, his eldest son, and Russian officials hoping to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming president by practically any means necessary.
The only thing we really don’t know is what information/dirt was provided.
However, many have speculated that a tweet from Trump mentioning Clinton’s emails which was sent out just ten minutes after the infamous June 9th meeting is evidence of what was possibly discussed between the two sides.
Nevertheless, despite it being blatantly obvious to anyone with even an ounce of common sense what this meeting was about, everyone involved on Trump’s side has denied any wrongdoing. In fact, they’ve even claimed the only thing that was discussed was an adoption program. If you’re buying that excuse, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you at a great price.
Though it seems Trump Jr. gave the Senate another excuse for his meeting with Russian officials: to make sure Clinton was “fit” enough to be president.
No, that’s not a joke.
As reported by The New York Times:
In a prepared statement during an interview with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, the younger Mr. Trump said he was initially conflicted when he heard that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, might have damaging information about Mrs. Clinton. Despite his interest, he said, he always intended to consult with his own lawyers about the propriety of using any information that Ms. Veselnitskaya, who has ties to the Kremlin, gave him at the meeting.
A copy of Mr. Trump’s statement was obtained by The New York Times.
The acknowledgment by the president’s eldest son that he intended to seek legal counsel after the meeting suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues.
“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he said. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”
So, you see, there was nothing shady about this meeting. This was nothing more than Donald Trump Jr. being a good citizen, meeting with Russian officials — in secret, then lying about and concealing the meeting for over a year — to make sure Hillary Clinton had the right “fitness, character, and qualifications” to be president.
Full disclosure: when I first read this, I laughed because I thought it was satire — that’s how ridiculous it sounded.
How stupid does someone have to be to believe that? Sadly, I’m sure millions of Trump’s supporters do.
That said, if you ask me, this laughably absurd excuse by Trump Jr. all but proves that something they don’t want people to know about took place at this meeting. If there’s nothing to hide, then there’s no reason to lie — and he’s most certainly lying when he said that was the reason he met with these Russian officials.
Keep in mind, before Trump. Jr. knew that The New York Times had his email transcripts, he said that the meeting wasn’t campaign-related. He had to immediately change that story once he realized the soon-to-be released emails were going to contradict it. So even beyond the absurdity of the excuse he gave to the Senate that’s almost certainly not true, Trump Jr.’s already proven that he’s more than willing to lie about what went on during that meeting if he thinks he can get away with it.
For the record, while Trump Jr. wasn’t technically under oath, it’s still illegal to lie to Congress.
While there’s obviously more that we don’t know about this meeting than what we do, I don’t see how anyone can deny what was clearly the intent of what took place in Trump Tower on June 9th of last year. These were officials from Russia offering Donald Trump’s son dirt on his father’s political opponent. Interested in what they might have had, seemingly without any regard as to how it was obtained, he agreed to meet with them — then proceeded to lie about/tried to conceal the meeting for over a year.
Furthermore, just prior to this meeting (though after it had been agreed upon) Trump had announced that in the following days he was going to have a major announcement regarding Hillary Clinton. Then literally within minutes of Trump Jr.’s secret meeting with these Russian officials — Donald Trump sent out a tweet about Clinton’s emails.
I feel it’s important to also mention that Trump was at Trump Tower when this meeting took place.
To deny what these facts clearly tell us — that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia — takes either outright insanity, willful ignorance, or a level of naivety that I can’t even fathom.
Granted, it takes more than “this clearly looks like collusion” to prove Trump’s campaign did, in fact, conspire with Russia during last year’s election. However, I’m almost certain that as time goes on, we’re going to find out even more stunning revelations as Robert Mueller and the FBI’s investigation digs deeper into the corrupt, possibly treasonous Trump campaign.
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