Donald Trump Jr. has found himself under a glaring spotlight after a groundbreaking report from The New York Times exposed a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin. The purpose of that meeting, as Donald Trump Jr. has admitted, was an attempt to get damaging information on his father’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday morning Trump Jr. tweeted out that he was releasing his “entire email chain,” however, it seems that the chain is missing one crucial component: the initial contact.
However, there is a segment of the released email that does confirm that Trump Jr. was well aware he was meeting with a representative of the Russian government.
Donald Trump Jr. may have just incriminated himself with this release. He has now released information detailing that he knew well in advance that he was meeting with a foreign government representative to receive a contribution of information.
While the beginning of the email chain seems to be missing in Trump Jr.’s release, The New York Times seems to have it themselves:
“Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting,” Mr. Goldstone wrote in the email. “The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
While we do know that the lawyer is linked to the Kremlin, we also know that she is not a government employee. However, as noted in the email, she was delivering information from the Crown Prosecutor of Russia which means that Trump Jr. knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that he was working with a foreign government to thwart American Democracy.
While there are many on the right arguing that colluding with a foreign government to win an election isn’t illegal, receiving any campaign contribution from a foreign government or even soliciting those contributions is illegal. And it isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has been caught doing just that.
Regardless, there can no longer be any denial: the Trump campaign was eager to work with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The boys couldn’t beat the girls in a fair fight.
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