There are some startling new revelations out this Monday about the question of whether or not Donald Trump’s team colluded with the Russians in their efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election. The deception surrounding the president’s inner circle is thick and only just beginning to be laid bare by investigators, to the point where, even if the Trump team didn’t “collude,” the president may have still incriminated himself when it comes to other, related crimes.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr. had taken a now infamous 2016 meeting with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was not originally entirely forthcoming about what went on at that meeting and why he took it, and in a new bombshell, it’s come out that the president himself is to blame for that.
Donald Trump is, according to a new report from the Washington Post, the one who dictated the deceptive statement that Trump Jr. provided to the New York Times when confronted with the very first report of his meeting with Veselnitskaya. That’s right; the now infamous “adoption” excuse was dreamed up by none other than the man who sits in the Oval Office himself.
This action of his is on par with his abrupt firing of one of the heads of the Russia investigation, FBI Director James Comey, and his reported efforts to get Comey, prior to his firing, to drop an investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. For Trump to have dictated the deceptive statement that Trump Jr. provided to the NYT adds to the case against the president for obstruction of justice, and Trump’s advisers know it. Trump is, however, too incompetent to listen to his advisers — and the advisers he actually has aren’t all that prepared to press the president to begin with.
A close adviser to the president speaking to the Washington Post described the situation by saying:
‘This was . . . unnecessary. Now someone can claim he’s the one who attempted to mislead. Somebody can argue the president is saying he doesn’t want you to say the whole truth.’
The president apparently dictated the statement while on Air Force One flying from Germany back to the States after the recent G-20 world leaders’ summit in Hamburg. His inner circle aboard Air Force One apparently wanted to respond to the NYT with a statement that was completely forthcoming, but the president had other ideas.
The president’s excuse of Trump Jr. having met with Veselnitskaya to talk about adoption is borne out of one of the things that those present at the meeting really did discuss — sanctions. The Russian government was so offended by the sanctions that were a part of the law known as the Magnitsky Act that they suspended a program which allowed American families to adopt Russian children. Veselnitskaya wanted to lobby the Trump team to lift the sanctions in question in the event that Donald won the White House — which he did.
Besides lobbying for sanctions relief, publicist Rob Goldstone, who set up the meeting, promised Trump Jr. that Veselnitskaya would bring Russian government sourced dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. originally loved the idea, but when he actually met with the lawyer he wasn’t impressed by her information.
That, Mr. President, isn’t just a meeting about “adoption.”
The closest thing to an official response to all of this comes from Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, who said:
‘Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent.’
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