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Trump Jr. Met Russian Lawyer Who Offered Clinton Dirt
The president's son, Donald Trump, Jr., met with a Russian lawyer who enticed him with information detrimental to Hillary Clinton's campaign just two weeks after his father secured the Republican nomination. Paul Manafort the campaign manager and Jared Kushner the first son-in-law were also present. While the younger Trump says they discussed nothing of significance and while the meeting certainly wasn't a crime, the fact that the meeting occurred demonstrates a willingness to use foreign sources of information to harm an American politician. There is no proof yet of collusion, but this is irrefutable evidence of a willingness to collude with the Russians on the part of the Trump campaign.
The lawyer in question is Natalia Veselnitskaya. The BBC says her "clients include companies and individuals said to be close to the Kremlin and her main role has been campaigning against the Magnitsky Act." The act prevents Russians who have violated human rights from getting US visas and allows the US to freeze their assets. This upset President Putin who halted an orphan adoption program and who has made the act's repeal a major policy objective.
Mr. Trump, Jr., issued a statement that read in part, "After pleasantries were exchanged, 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. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act.
"It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting."
The Beeb stated, "Ms Veselnitskaya said on Saturday that 'nothing at all was discussed about the presidential campaign' and insisted she had 'never acted on behalf of the Russian government and have never discussed any of these matters with any representative of the Russian government'."
In addition, the story is that Messrs. Manafort and Kushner merely popped in to greet Ms. Veselnitskaya, and they had nothing more to do with the exchange.
This journal is willing to accept, at this stage of the game, that every word about this from the participants is true, despite contradictions. It doesn't matter that Ms. Veselnitskaya had no real information to offer, that the whole thing was a ruse to get the Magnitsky Act on the Trump campaign's radar. What is vital to understand was that the Trump campaign arranged the meeting in the first place.
Business people like the Trumps often have meetings that lead nowhere. The two sides get together and realize that there is no business to do. In commerce, certainly in real estate, that is acceptable.
In politics, in government, the rules are different. One of the rules is that one doesn't accept help from a foreign power to win an election. Certainly, one doesn't accept it from a foreign power that is unfriendly to one's own nation. Yet Trump the Younger was willing to sit down to discuss this dirt. Why? What if the information were truly damning of Mrs. Clinton? The willingness to see what the Russians had is one step removed from using the information (if it were of any value). That the gun wasn't loaded makes no difference. If the Trump campaign didn't collude with the Russians, its wasn't from lack of trying.
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