Monday, July 10, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. Changes Story Twice, Admits To Meeting Russian Lawyer "To Hear Info About Opponent" Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Jr.
President Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has now changed his story twice regarding a meeting that took place last summer at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who has ties to the Kremlin.

Initially, Don Jr. said he never met with anyone with Russian ties.

Then, after the New York Times brought up meeting with a lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016, the younger Trump suddenly "remembered" a couple of details.

Junior said he took the appointment not knowing who the meeting was with, and he invited Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Two things worth noting there:

• How many meetings does someone like Donald Trump Jr. take without knowing who he's meeting?

• Why would he invite high-ranking campaign advisers like Kushner and Manafort if he didn't know who or what he was meeting about?

More from the New York Times:

When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.

But on Sunday, presented with The Times’s findings, he offered a new account. In a statement, he said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which his father took to Moscow. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

Remember, all of this revolves around the U.S. intelligence community concluding with "high confidence" that Russia interfered with the election to help Trump win.

In March, Don Jr. denied participating in any campaign-related meetings with Russian nationals. Speaking to the New York Times, he said, “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.”

In all this time, all this talk about "Russian collusion," Don Jr. forgot a meeting with a Russian lawyer two weeks after his father became the Republican nominee for president? A meeting with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin where the lawyer offered "opposition info" about Hillary Clinton? He forgot that meeting?

This morning, Don Jr. admitted via Twitter that he took the meeting knowing it was to receive info about Hillary Clinton.

That is literally the definition of "collusion." He met with a Russian lawyer who offered to provide damaging info on Hillary Clinton. That is "collusion with Russia."

It is certainly normal for political campaigns to gather information about opponents. But not from hostile countries like Russia. Campaigns don't collect dirt via Moscow.

As political consultant Stuart Stevens reminded today on Twitter, "When Gore campaign was sent Bush debate brief book, they called FBI. If foreign interests offer you info on former Secretary of State, you call the FBI."

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