The newest piece of the alleged Trump/Russia collusion scandal was released by The New York Times on Sunday in a report that Donald Trump, Jr., along with Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer just days after Trump was nominated as the presidential candidate of the GOP. The purpose of the meeting, which Trump, Jr. confirmed, was to receive damning information against Trump’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, Rob Goldstone confirmed that he set up the meeting in question. In a statement to the Associated Press, Goldstone confirmed his involvement.
‘[Goldstone stated that] the Russian lawyer said she had information about purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee that she thought Trump Jr. might find helpful. Goldstone said Trump Jr. agreed to squeeze the meeting into a tight schedule.’
Goldstone’s account aligns with Trump, Jr.’s, but who exactly is Rob Goldstone? According to Business Insider, he is the music publicist who represents a very wealthy pop star client from Russia.
‘A music publicist who represents the son of a wealthy Azerbaijan-Russian developer and is friendly with the Trump family claimed credit Sunday for setting up the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer last June at Trump Tower.’
Goldstone has a long history with the Trumps. He produced a music video featuring the senior Donald Trump as part of the Miss Universe pageant promotions, owned at the time by Trump, which is how Goldstone reportedly first became involved with the Trump family. He has also written op-eds for USA Today and other publications denying the collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence operatives long before the meeting became public information.
Like Trump himself, Goldstone blames Democrats bitter over Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential elections for the Trump/Russia reporting and investigation. Also like Trump, Goldstone pointed to debunked conspiracy theories as the reason Clinton lost the election.
‘The Russians did not destroy thousands of emails. They did not lie about Benghazi. They did not use the Clinton Global Initiative as a personal bank account.’
As more details are released, the facts point more and more to confirming the alleged Trump/Russia collusion, and the Trump family and their associates seem to be panicking.
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