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Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian official to discuss Clinton intel last June

Revelations over a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian official regarding potentially damaging information on the Hillary Clinton campaign have intensified suspicions of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

American intelligence has reached a consensus that the Russian government actively tried to thwart the Clinton campaign.

The question that many have sought to answer, including special counsel Robert Mueller, is whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Russian government to win the election.

The New York Times initially reported on Saturday that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-associated Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June of last year.

Then sources told the Times that Trump Jr. was promised information that would be detrimental to the Clinton campaign prior to the meeting with Veselnitskaya.

Rob Goldstone, a publicist who has worked with Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant, coordinated the meeting and told Trump Jr. that Veselnitskaya had information that may incriminate Hillary Clinton.

This is Rob Goldstone:

Goldstone wrote in his email that Veselnitskaya had intelligence that,

“Would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Initially, Trump Jr. told the Times that he and Veselnitskaya only discussed restoring adoption of Russian children by American families.

But as sources close to the situation have come forward and relayed information about the emails prior the the meeting, Trump Jr. has changed his story slightly in a series of tweets this morning.

Lil’ Don tweeted that his meeting was not out of the ordinary.

And that he actually had not misled the Times with his previous statements.

As members of congress began to talk about investigating Trump Jr. closely, he tweeted that he’d be “happy to work with the committee.”

And then Trump Jr. tweeted out the entirety of his email exchange with Goldstone.

The most interesting part of the exchange is obviously Goldstone’s assertion that a “Russian government attorney” would have information useful to the Trump campaign and Trump Jr.’s subsequent response,

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Again, it’s been established that the Russian government attempted to influence last year’s election, but the question at hand was whether that was a coordinated attempt between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin or if the Russian government was simply acting alone.

Goldstone’s claim that Veselnitskaya had “sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” would appear to confirm that the Trump campaign at least knew about the Russian government’s efforts.

Donald Trump claimed to have pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s election meddling during their over two hour meeting at the G20 summit last weekend.

The White House has remained steadfast in their denial of any collusion or coordination between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a room full of reporters,

“The president’s campaign did not collude in any way. Don Jr. did not collude with anybody to influence the election. No one within the Trump campaign colluded in order to influence the election.”


As is the case with most things regarding the Trump White House, it’s hard to tell whether this is gross incompetence or active malice.

It would certainly appear that where there is smoke there is fire regarding links between the Russian government and Trump campaign.

As much as Trump wants this story to go away, the incessant links between the people within the president’s inner-circle and their Russian counterparts during the campaign are simply too hard to ignore.

Relying on a Republican-dominated congress to take any action on this is probably a waste of time, but at some point something simply has to give.

Keep it locked for further updates, this story ain’t going away.