Donald Trump Jr.’s Stunningly Incriminating Statement To The New York Times
Donald Trump Jr. made a potentially damaging report for the New York Times much, much worse.
The Times said Sunday that the president’s eldest son pledged to announce information about Hillary Clinton before meeting with a Russian lawyer missed the Kremlin at Trump Tower in New York on June 9, 2016.
As reporters Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman explained, Trump Jr. motivation to accept the meeting “highlights the central issue in the federal investigation of the Kremlin interference in the presidential election if Trump’s campaign collusion with the Russians.
The gathering of the accounts represent the first public indication that at least part of the campaign were willing to accept Russian aid.
Paul Manafort, the president of the country at that time, and Jared Kushner, the son and adviser to President Donald Trump also attended.
Needless to say, the report looks bad for the president, although his private legal team at The Times that Trump did not participate did not even know of the meeting. Trump has a reading book going in situations like these: questioning the credibility of unidentified sources (five in this case) and crying, “false news”
But Trump Jr. took this strategy from the table with a very compromising first response.
“In a statement Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met the Russian lawyer, at the request of an acquaintance.
“Afterwards the compliments were exchanged,” she said, “the woman said she had information that people linked to Russia fund the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s support.
His statements were vague, ambiguous and meaningless. No detail or supporting information was provided or even offered. It soon became apparent that he had no meaningful information.
“He said that the conversation was turned around by adopting Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, a US law that lists alleged Russian human rights abusers.
The law has so inflamed President Vladimir Putin that Russia responded by stopping the adoptions of Russian American children.
“” It became apparent to me that this was the real program claiming potentially useful information was a pretext for the meeting, “said Trump.
Read the last part again: “Potentially useful information requests were a pretext for the meeting.”
Trump Jr. confirmed that he entered the meeting pending receipt of information from the Russian lawyer that could harm Clinton. It is a breath of admission.
The rest of the statement Trump Jr. tries to minimize the value of what the lawyer actually said. The outcome of the meeting and its effect on the presidential race is important, of course, but it is quite different.
Trump Jr.’s attempt to obtain information from a Russian lawyer who could hurt Clinton seems likely to alarm investigators if the effort has been effective.