Written by DML
Just when you thought the Russia collusion thing was dying and the mainstream media would need to find a new topic to ring around President Trump’s neck, in comes the NY Times with a new story about the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign team.
The article published on Sunday by the Times is entitled, “Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign.”
In the article, the NY Times reports that on June 9, 2016, just two weeks after Trump clinched the GOP nomination, Donald Jr. set up a sit down meeting between himself, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and a Russian lawyer who allegedly has ties to the Kremlin. The meeting was held at Trump Tower.
How does the NY Times know about this meeting? The article reads, “according to confidential government records described to The New York Times … by people familiar with them.”
This meeting is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and Trump’s key team members including his son, Donald Trump Jr.
According to the NY Times, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner both confirm being at the meeting, however, in a statement by Trump Jr., the sit down meeting is said to have nothing to do about the campaign. The meeting was about an adoption program.
Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian lawyer who attended the meeting. She originally made a name for herself by getting involving in fighting Magnitsky Act. The U.S. law blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. President Putin was so troubled by the law that he lashed back at the U.S. by stopping American adoptions of Russian children.
According to the NY Times: “Ms. Veselnitskaya was formerly married to a former deputy transportation minister of the Moscow region, and her clients include state-owned businesses and a senior government official’s son, whose company was under investigation in the United States at the time of the meeting. Her activities and associations had previously drawn the attention of the F.B.I., according to a former senior law enforcement official.”
The NY Times went as far as printing Donald Jr’s statement in part: “It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up … I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
The NY Times wants to lead readers that something more took place at the meeting than reported by Donald Jr.
They claim Veselnitskaya comes with a history of pushing the Kremlin’s agenda, but they emphasize little more than the Magnitsky Act. They go on to list her big name clients and how they somehow tie back to somebody at the Kremlin.
In my opinion it’s all a bunch of hot air. Donald Jr. said he did not speak about the campaign with Veselnitskaya, and there should be no reason not to take him at his word. The NY Times, however, is pushing the collusion narrative.
By printing a nonsense story that reads like a mystery novel, the NY Times is trying to convey a message that something still doesn’t feel right with this whole Russia collusion thing and thus, they make a lame attempt to keep the story alive when the rest of us know it’s dead. Heaven forbid the NY Times were to focus on the jobs numbers for once.
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