We all know by now that the Trump administration’s wheels are coming off. But how many wheels are there, and how long will they take before the truck is stranded on the roadside?
This week, news is abuzz about Donald Trump, Jr.’s quid pro quo meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya last June over receiving damaging information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in exchange for the promise of President Donald Trump’s easing Russian sanctions if elected.
In an interview with NBC News’s Keir Simmons, Veselnitskaya claimed to not have any idea why Trump Jr. believed she had information on Clinton. Perhaps the Trump campaign was just so desperate Trump’s son projected his wishes onto the meeting, she posed.
But every day it’s something different.
Late yesterday, we discovered through the New York Times that Donald Trump, Jr. was informed in an email prior to his meeting with Veselnitskaya that he would obtain malicious information about Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government’s endeavor help get Donald Trump elected.
British music publicist Rob Goldstone set up the Trump Tower meeting between the Russian attorney and Trump in what is being regarded as the first “clear evidence” of senior Trump campaign members colluding with Russia to influence the campaign.
Mark Warner (D-Va.), top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said:
“This is the first time that the public has seen clear evidence of senior-level members of the Trump campaign meeting with Russians.”
A spokeswoman for the DNC said:
“Donald Jr [sic] was willing to accept the help of a hostile foreign government to sway the election. In the ensuing months, the Trump family watched as news of the Kremlin’s hacking campaign developed and they did nothing but celebrate and encourage it to continue.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney Alan Futerfas said in a statement issued on Monday evening:
“[May and June 2016 had been an] intensely busy time for Don Jr. … During this busy period, Robert Goldstone contacted Don Jr in an email and suggested that people had information concerning alleged wrongdoing by Democratic party front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in her dealings with Russia.
Don Jr had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed. … The meeting lasted about 20-30 minutes, and nothing came of it. His father knew nothing about it. The bottom line is that Don, Jr. [sic] did nothing wrong.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said:
“Our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting.”
Supposedly, Trump attended the meeting with Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Tuesday morning, Donald Trump, Jr. released what is being reported as the full text of the emails in question.
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
They show Rob Goldstone telling Trump “the crown prosecutor of Russia” had offered:
“To provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump.”
Trump Jr. replied:
“If it’s what you say I love it.”
We couldn’t make this stuff up. As Mark Twain said:
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”
How many wheels have we got left to come off?
Check out this video for more information about Trump Jr. and his meet to gain info on Clinton (after the jump):
Plus, watch this video to see why it matters at this stage of the Trump-Russia investigation:
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