Trump Jr. Knew The Russian Government Was Trying to Help Them, And He ‘Loved It’

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

On Sunday the New York Times reported that Donald Trump's son arranged a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who offered to provide the Trump campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

The Times reported last night that Trump Jr. was explicitly informed before the meeting that the Russian government was taking action to support Trump.

WASHINGTON — Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

The email to the younger Mr. Trump was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.

The 2016 election always comes back to email, doesn't it?

For it's worth, the Russian lawyer in question, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has denied that she promised to deliver damaging information on Hillary Clinton, but with Trump Jr. publicly admitted that he was seeking it, I'm not sure if her side of the story really matters nor do believe she can be trusted any more than Trump Jr. can be.

We can be sure of at least one thing: young Donny knew exactly what he was getting into and we know that because, while I was writing this post, he posted the incriminating email himself.

The subject line of the email chain, which was forwarded to Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, is "FW- Russia - Clinton - private and confidential" and Rob Goldstone says it's "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

The next question is who is more pissed off today, Trump Jr's lawyer or Jared Kushner's lawyer? Kushner was already on the hot seat for not disclosing this meeting on his security clearance form.

The Times published their own write-up of the email chain shortly after Trump Jr. posted it himself. Donny presumably posted the emails because he knew the Times was about to publish them.

The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” [...]

He replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

  • mnpollio

    At this point, I think Trump Jr. is so cavalier about the whole thing, because he/they are all confident that the Repugnicans in Congress will obstruct any efforts to make them pay for it (with the help of conservative propaganda outlets like Fox News and Breitbart). Right now, the Republicans and Trump enablers have made it abundantly clear that they have absolutely no concerns whether Trump has sold the country out, so long as they can throw millions off their healthcare, continue to fantasize about a border wall and rile up liberals, feminists and minorities. And sadly, I am not certain that they are wrong about this. Other than the most tepid of criticisms from frustrated conservative socialites like Lindsay Graham and laughable lip service from hypocritical two-faced dinosaurs like McCain, where is there any outrage from Republican members in Congress. Everything Trump does gets shrugged off in their efforts to enable their destructive agenda. They have all been exposed as being the antithesis of patriots or moral/ethical crusaders and they could care less that the jig is up, so long as someone else can be made to suffer while they suck up every last dime they can get their claws into and present it at the altar of their mega-wealthy overlords. Everyone keeps saying wait for Muller’s investigation to progress, but there are so many ways that Trump and his co-horts can obstruct or shut down that investigation completely (does anyone really believe at this stage that Trump or his enablers give a crap about bad publicity, bad polls or smears on their reputation if they shut it down?). They can continue to flush everything down the toilet at warp speed and the Dems will still be wringing their hands while it happens.

  • Georgie

    I can only think the WH will be going with the insanity/lone wolf theory for JR.

  • Draxiar

    Please PLEASE no pardons after they’re all convicted.

    • Victor the Crab

      I wish it were the case, but, if recent history has taught us anything, the evildoers always win. And the country comes out the big loser. So don’t hold your breath hoping any of the usual suspects in this half baked turd pie get physically frog marched in handcuffs.

  • Aynwrong

    Now comes yet another deluge of excuse making and dissembling telling us how this is much ado about nothing. If this comes down to endlessly harassing the Trump’s about email well, I LOVE IT!

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  • ninjaf

    Why does this picture of him always make me think of Mad TV’s “Lowered Expectations”?

  • muselet

    The unhappiest people on the planet today are the lawyers for Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, all because Junior—son of a famous con artist—turns out to be an easy mark who also can’t keep his mouth shut.

    If Donald Trump Sr weren’t president, I’d find this funnier than Snakes In a Can.


    • ninjaf

      I think his response actually affirms why he is called Jr. — just like his father he can’t keep his mouth shut and quit while he is breaking even. He thinks he is smarter than anyone in the room always — and is constantly proven to be otherwise by his own actions and words.

  • Username1016

    Well, and here is the thing: Donny Jr. says the Russian lawyer (I am NOT going to check back how to spell her name) didn’t have any intel and they wound up talking about Russian orphans. But Donny Jr. lies like a rug (he’s a shag off the ol’ carpet there!). So whaddaya bet they planned out the whole Wikileaks timeline then and there?

    • ninjaf

      I think I saw somewhere that the emails started leaking 3 days later. Haven’t checked the timeline myself but that sounds about right.

      • I think Talking Points Memo has a neat timeline showing just how it all played out. Criminal investigators don’t believe in coincidence with a timeline like that.