While Donald Trump is using taxpayers’ time and money to partake in the PGA tournament festivities taking place on his Bedminster, New Jersey property, journalists continue to dig into the ever-growing details about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Like his father, Trump Jr., has changed his story about all things Russia so many times that figuring out what could possibly bear some semblance to the truth has become quite difficult.
What is known is that shortly after Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya, Trump Sr. announced that he had information on the Clintons and their relationship with Russian officials. No one but Trump and his supporters find that timeline to be an innocent coincidence.
Also no coincidence is that although Donald Trump has engaged in a bitter and very undiplomatic war with the media, CNN has by far caught the heaviest of Trump’s blows. To that end, sources have long said that Trump’s battle with CNN is more personal than he lets on. Trump’s animosity reportedly stems from his knowledge that the network has damning information about Trump’s Russia ties that they can’t release because of Special Counsel Mueller’s ongoing investigation.
As a strong indication that there may be some truth to rumors that CNN has the scoop, a Saturday afternoon segment featured a guest that only people with strong connections would be able to get to. Former KGB agent, Jack Barsky, the ex-spy who some say “lived the American Dream,” came on the show to break down just who was at Trump Jr.’s meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, and what role each person likely played.
What is now known is that there were at least eight people at the meeting; among them, Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet army officer who says that he was part of a counter-intelligence unit. No one would expect Akhmetshin to confirm this, but sources report that he still very much has ties to the Russian government and intelligence community.
When former KGB agent, Jack Barsky, was asked if there are any “red flags” with Akhmetshin’s background, Barsky replied:
‘Yes, absolutely. Again, as I said before in the former Soviet Union as well as Russia, if you are anywhere near the center of power, which if you’re in the army, that’s the center of power, you have some connection with intelligence. Any time you have contact with a connected individual that [sic] comes out of Russia, you have to be very much aware that you are dealing with an adversary.’
Well, either Trump Jr., Manafort, Kushner et al weren’t aware that they were “dealing with an adversary,” they didn’t care, or they didn’t see anyone in the meeting as an adversary, despite the United States’ stance on Russia. Regardless, Barsky, someone who once took pride in gathering intelligence for the former Soviet Union, provides one more piece of confirmation that the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya was far from being appropriate and in accordance with federal campaign laws.
The segment that aired Saturday afternoon on CNN may be viewed below:
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