Donald Trump, Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, on June 9, 2016. This is a fact not in dispute.
Initially, Donald Jr claimed the meeting was about an adoption program for Russian children. When confronted by the press, he later conceded the lawyer had offered to provide negative information about Hillary Clinton. There is no dispute about that either. Everything after that starts to get foggy.
Trump, Jr says he was invited to the meeting by a Russian associate he worked with while helping produce the Miss Universe Pageant in Russia. He says that he didn’t even know who he was meeting with. He says he invited Jared Kushner and Campaign Chair Paul Manafort to join him in the meeting and they also had no idea who they’d be meeting with because that’s a thing busy people do. He says his father knew nothing about the meeting… before, during or after.
The New York Times just reported that Trump received an email from his Russian contact, saying the Russian government was providing compromising information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian effort to aid Donald Trump’s campaign.
Donald Trump, Jr went to the meeting with full knowledge he was meeting with someone representing the Russian government to aid the Trump campaign. Donald Trump, Jr got a criminal lawyer today. He’ll need it.
Behind his back, many on the White House staff call Donald Jr “Fredo” based on the character from the Godfather series. Fredo was the weak link. What are the chances he’ll go down alone and not take anyone with him? Looking bad for Team Trump!
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