Russia

Trump Jr. Admits He Colluded With The Russians

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Or at least he tried to.

The New York Times broke the news yesterday evening that Donald Trump's son met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer because she said she would give him damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

The meeting was also attended by the president’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.

The Times reported the existence of the meeting on Saturday. But in subsequent interviews, the advisers and others revealed the motivation behind it.

Rather than deny that the meeting took place, Donald Trump Jr. has admitted that he met with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to see what she has to say.

Trump Jr. also claims that they discussed several other topics during their secret meeting, but he has clearly admitted that he agreed to the meeting in the first place because a Russian operative was offering them damaging information about a fellow American and political opponent.

Many people have reacted to this story by questioning the wisdom of Trump Jr's lawyers for allowing him to make these statements, but (A) we don't know if he consulted them and (B) denying the story may not do him any favors.

According to the New York Times, investigators already know Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting because Kushner and Manafort disclosed it. The exact purpose of the meeting is another story, however, and it seems unlikely that Kushner and Manafort voluntarily disclosed that they agreed to the meeting because they were baited by damaging information about Clinton.

Trump Jr. may be too dimwitted to realize he has implicated Kushner and Manafort as well as himself, or he doesn't care.

  • Scopedog

    The shitstorm just keeps on growing….

    Meanwhile, what’s our good friend H.A. Goodman going to say about this?

    https://twitter.com/HAGOODMANAUTHOR/status/884578204060499968

    ….Oh. Okay.

    (Goes off and does a shot)

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    Daily Beast has an article saying Eric is the “Fredo” of the Trump clan. The longer the Trump kids are in the public eye the less smart they seem.

  • 1933john

    Fuck you, we the president’s children, and
    other suck-asses, can do whatever we want,
    so there!
    Hey, gimme dat gold marble back!

  • muselet

    Charlie Pierce:

    This, then, is Junior’s official explanation: I thought we were colluding to ratfck the Democratic candidate, and the presidential election in general, but then she started talking about getting the mobsters’ money back. Bitch set me up.

    This is not an argument I would bring to court.

    And all this time I had Eric pegged as the dumber brother.

    –alopecia

  • Ceoltoir
    • muselet

      Numbers 1–5, inclusive.

      –alopecia

  • Milt Zmijewski

    I vote for Dimwitted!

  • Username1016

    I’ve always had the impression that Donald Jr. was the stupidest of the Trumps. And that’s saying something.

  • And don’t forget, EVERYONE does it.

    Oh, wait, apparently only these idiots.

  • ninjaf

    Here’s the thing: We don’t know that she was working for the Kremlin but we can infer that she appears to run in circles where it was common knowledge that a short cut to get a meeting with the Trump campaign was to dangle the proposition of dirt on Clinton.

    [EDITING TO ADD: Welcome back, Ashby! Hope you had a good week off.]

    • muselet

      Seconded. Good to have you back, Ashby.

      –alopecia