The media is running wild with accusations against Donald Trump Jr. about colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign, but the more information that comes out about a meeting he held with a Russian attorney, the more confusing the entire episode becomes.
The Washington Examiner reported that Trump Jr. released an email chain Tuesday dating from June 2016 in response to a story from The New York Times that revealed a meeting the president’s son held with a Russian attorney named Natalia Veselnitskaya. The Times alleged that the email showed possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The messages were between Trump Jr. and a British music publicist named Rob Goldstone. Goldstone, who represents a Russian oligarch’s pop star son, sought to arrange a meeting to pass along “documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” ostensibly from a Russian government-connected attorney.
Except, as NBC News reported, Veselnitskaya had no incriminating information about Hillary Clinton to pass along, nor was she connected to the Russian government. Once Trump Jr. became aware of this fact, they reportedly discussed sanctions placed on Russia and how they were detrimental to Americans trying to adopt Russian children.
Adding even more intrigue to the mix was a report from The U.K. Guardian about Goldstone, particularly in regard to a social media post he had made right after the election in which he was wearing a shirt that said “Russia” and captioned his pic, “Hedging bets.”
Once the Guardian reporter posted that picture online, Goldstone almost immediately deleted the original picture from his account and changed the settings to lock out the public from viewing any of his other posts.
It’s difficult to know for sure why Goldstone deleted the tweet or led Trump Jr. to believe that the Russian lawyer had dirt on Clinton, but it’s pretty damning to mysteriously delete a tweet like this from months ago.
Regardless of intentions or motives or the actual truth of the June 2016 meeting, a huge amount of fuel was just dumped on the now-blazing Russian collusion narrative that just days ago had been reduced to a smoldering pile of nothingness.
Expect to hear more hysterical shouts of “TREASON” and talk of impeachment, even as this meeting everyone is hot and bothered over turns out to be more nothingness.
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