Just when we thought the Russian collusion story was about to close and we could all move on to jobs, border security, taxes, ISIS and healthcare, the scathing story of Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with a Russian lawyer takes center stage.
On Saturday evening the NY Times put out a story claiming Don Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer shortly after his father secured the GOP nomination in 2016. In the meeting with Don Jr. and the Russian lawyer were Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, both of whom were tied to the Trump campaign at the time.
In a statement to the NY Times, Don Jr. admitted to the meeting but said it was about Magnitsky Act and Americans adopting Russian children. But the NY Times wasn’t buying Don Jr’s explanation, and so in the article they continuously mention how the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya has deep ties to the Kremlin and had a long history of pushing Putin’s agenda.
As the story gained media attention on Sunday, a former Bush White House ethics lawyer told MSNBC that Don Jr. would be held for treason if Bush were president. His harsh words were fueled by rumors that the meeting was not set up to discuss adoptions, but to gain dirt about Hillary Clinton.
Later in the day, Don Jr. released a full statement which was much more detailed than the one he provided the NY Times. In it he confirmed the rumors about Clinton.
In the statement Don Jr. reveals the meeting was indeed set up to hear out a lawyer claiming to have information about Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. said he didn’t know the lawyer’s name before the meeting, and said the meeting was set up by an “acquaintance” from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
Don Jr. goes on to explain that shortly after the meeting started it was clear that Veselnitskaya had no meaningful information to share and so she shifted topics to talk about the Magnitsky Act. Don Jr. says the person who set up the meeting apologized for wasting his time and the meeting was over.
The meeting took place at Trump Tower in NY.
Last month during a Walk & Talk, Dennis Michael Lynch said the witch hunt against Trump would turn to his children and Kushner because that would be the best way for liberals and the MSM to get at the president. Like any father, Trump’s instinct will be to protect his loved ones, and therefore he is likely to make mistakes and had tweets. With this new development about Don Jr., not only is DML proven to be right in his forecast, but the collusion narrative gets a new wind and will stay alive.
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