Forget everything the Trumps have said about that 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian government operatives. Newly released testimony from those at the meeting included tweets from the man who set it up and they truly change everything.
Rob Goldstone texts Ike Kaveladze — a top Agalarov associate who was also at the Trump Tower meeting — just after the 2016 election. “So it seems we are all now in the President’s Inner circle!! So shocking.” pic.twitter.com/Nw2ofEnrMI
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 16, 2018
Despite Trump, Jr.’s first statement about the meeting that insisted it was solely about adoption, and his second that he ended the meeting when he found that they had nothing the Trump campaign could use, Goldstone tweeted that his people were “in the President’s Inner circle!!” and how shocked he was by that.
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
That email chain was later proven to be inaccurate since Junior left out the ones where he agreed to the meeting not to discuss adoptions, but to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, saying “if it’s what you say it is, I love it.”
Goldstone, a publicist and music producer who formerly worked as a tabloid “journalist,” testified before Congress that he only set up the meeting at the behest of his client, singer/songwriter Emin Agalarov, who is the son of a Russian oligarch, and that he told Trump, Jr. that he believed the meeting was “a bad idea.”
Rob Goldstone told Senate Trump Tower meeting with Russians was "bad idea" https://t.co/lNeYP5mKfA
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) May 16, 2018
‘He said, “It doesn’t matter. You just need to get the meeting.” And then I said, “I think this is a really bad idea.”‘
The inconsistency in Junior’s first story is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice since it’s been widely reported that the president and some of his administrative team helped craft the wildly inaccurate statement. Junior, however, is not the only one who was outed as a liar about this meeting.
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who first claimed that she was unconnected to the Russian government, was finally forced to admit that:
‘I am a lawyer and I am an informant [for the Kremlin].’
The story just keeps getting more complicated as more and more inconsistencies are revealed. Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, who also attended the meeting, have denied that anything happened that could be considered collusion. However, with all of the lies that have been publicly released about that day in June 2016, who can believe them?
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