It just gets weirder.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the acquaintance of Don Jr. who set up the meeting with the Russian operative was a music publicist called Rob Goldstone. Goldstone requested the meeting at his pop star client, Emin Agalarov’s behest. Agalarov, comes from a Kremlin-connected family who has done business with President Trump in the past, Supposedly the meeting was to be about Russian adoptions, but Goldstone lured Junior into the meeting with a promise of dirt on Clinton.
What a weekend.
Coming off the heels of Donald J. Trump’s proposal to join forces with Russia on cyber security, a move that would be akin to teaming up with ISIS to help defeat terrorism, Donald Jr. is now in hot water over a meeting he took with a Russian operative in 2016 for the purpose of gaining dirt on Hillary Clinton. The story was broken by the old gray lady herself, the New York Times. God bless her!
On Saturday, Junior described the meeting as an innocuous discussion about adoptions. The next day, however, his story changed and he admitted that the operative, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, claimed she possessed “damaging information” about Clinton.
The story does not stop there. This meeting was set up through a friend he met at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in RUSSIA. He says he did not know the name of the person he was meeting – come on! How do you go into a situation like that blind? Also in attendance, at Junior’s request, were then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
In a statement to the press, Junior described the conversation.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Trump defenders, including top stooge Kellyanne Conway, point to the ‘fact’ that there was ‘no meaningful information’ exchanged. But that is entirely beside the point. The whole basis of collusion is intent. Junior met with a Russian operative with the intent to upend Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the election. Furthermore, what if Ms. Veselnitskaya had actually had some sort of dirt on Clinton…would he not have used it? And again would that not be by definition – colluding with Russia?
Is this the smoking gun we’ve all been waiting for?
Of course more will need to be unpacked, but this is sounding more and more like the first real break in ‘the case’. One thing is for certain, after months of Trump and his surrogates denying they met with Russian operatives for purposes related to the campaign, and calling the whole collusion investigation a ‘fishing expedition’ this is an irrefutable confirmation – from the President’s own son no less – that on at least one occasion, such a meeting took place. It is also proof positive that our dear leader’s devil spawn is galactically stupid.
Read Junior’s full statement below:
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.