How Donald Trump is still president is beyond me, but this time it was his little Trump Jr. that blew the whistle on the latest story about Trump’s relations with Russia. The New York Times discovered a trail of emails between Donald Trump Jr. and an attorney for the Russian Government, who told Trump Jr. they had dirt on Hillary Clinton during the campaign last year. The New York Times let Trump Jr. know that they had discovered such evidence and gave him an opportunity to come clean before they ran their story.

The disclosure now is headline news with many wondering if there were any laws broken and “why senior Trump associates failed to report a hostile act by a foreign power.” According to the Guardian, “The emails show music promoter Rob Goldstone telling the future US president’s son that ‘the crown prosecutor of Russia’ had offered ‘to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father’.”

Trump Jr. forwarded the information for the meeting that was to take place on June 9th to his bother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. After the information was out to the public Trump Jr. tried to down play the whole thing by first saying that his father Donald Trump had no knowledge of the meeting between him and the Russian lawyer and then saying that the meeting turned out to be a total bust of misleading information, “There was nothing to tell. I mean, I wouldn’t have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff. It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”

Critics have asked why three of Trump’s closest advisers were willing to accept such a meeting instead of alerting authorities to interference by a foreign adversary. Robert Mueller and the House and Senate Intelligence committees are still investigating Russian meddling in the election.

The Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has denied she had any information on Hillary Clinton during the campaign, “It’s quite possible that maybe they were looking for such information, they wanted it so badly,” she told NBC, denying that she had any information to offer. She also answered “no” when asked if she had ever worked for the Russian government. For a president who keeps saying that the whole investigation against him and Russia is a total which hunt, there sure seems to be a lot of things coming out of the closet that are very damning to his status.

 

[The Guardian]