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Donald Trump Jr’s Meeting With A Russian Lawyer Basically Confirms Collusion During The Election

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Donald Trump Jr. admitted Sunday to meeting last summer with a Russian attorney. He says he met with her because she “might have information helpful to” his father’s campaign.

As first reported by the New York Times, Trump’s eldest son had been promised “damaging” information on Hillary Clinton, prior to accepting the meeting. The meeting occurred at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Trump won the GOP nomination. Paul Manafort, who was then the president’s campaign chairman attended the meeting, as did as the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

It’s unknown whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump, Jr. initially told NPR: “I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign. I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance. We had a meeting in June 2016. After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting. I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office. The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.”

By Saturday, July 8th, Donald Jr.’s account changed to, “It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up. I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”

This morning, the president’s eldest son admitted the meeting was expected to yield damaging information about Clinton.

Say what you will about the Trump family. They may not lie well, but they certainly lie often.


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