11 Jul

Damn it! Indict Junior and Impeach Trump!


Campaign finance laws prohibit political candidates and their associates from obtaining anything of value to aid their campaign from foreigners.

And as to Trump the Dump – I believe the following:

First, he is in debt up to his eyeballs to Russian oligarch owned banks,

Second, he accepted vastly inflated sums of money for real estate parcels he sold to Russian Oligarchs.

Third, the Steele dossier is true and Putin has incriminating evidence of seriously embarrassing behavior while Trump was in Moscow for the Miss Universe Pageant.

Fourth, the Russians have recordings of Flynn conversations.

Fifth, the Russians have recordings of Donald Jr. meetings.

Sixth, the Russians have recordings of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions conversations.

Seventh, the Russians have recordings of phone conversations between Donald J. Trump Sr. and Putin.

Eighth, the Russians have recordings of Manafort conversations.

Ninth, the Russians have recordings of Wilbur Ross conversations.

Damn it! Indict Junior and Impeach Trump!

The  McGlynn


Email To Donald Trump Jr. Reportedly Spoke Of Russian Plot To Aid Trump Campaign

The email claimed the Kremlin was the source of information that could hurt Hillary Clinton, The New York Times says.

Donald Trump Jr. was told in an email that a meeting to obtain information damaging to presidential rival Hillary Clinton was connected to intelligence gathered by the Russian government to help elect his father, according to a report published in The New York Times on Monday.

The Times, citing multiple people with knowledge of the missive, said the email was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist who helped set up the meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign between Trump’s eldest son and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The note reportedly said the information presented during the meeting would come from the Russian government.

Mark Corallo, the spokesman for President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, told The Guardian the president was “not aware of and did not attend the meeting” between his son and Veselnitskaya.

In a statement provided to HuffPost, Trump’s newly hired lawyer, Alan Futerfas, confirmed the existence of an email between his client and Goldstone but said it was “much ado about nothing.”

“During this busy period, Robert Goldstone contacted Don Jr. in an email and suggested that people had information concerning alleged wrongdoing by Democratic Party front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in her dealings with Russia,” he said in the statement, first provided to The Times. “Don Jr.’s takeaway from this communication was that someone had information potentially helpful to the campaign and it was coming from someone he knew. Don Jr. had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed.”

Monday’s revelations came after a weekend of intense reporting on the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.

The New York Times first reported on the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya on Saturday. Trump Jr. said at the time that the meeting, which was also attended by his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his father’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had centered on the Magnitsky Act. (The 2012 act allowed the U.S. to withhold visas and freeze Russian assets. In retaliation, the Kremlin halted U.S. adoptions of Russian babies.)

But on Sunday, Trump Jr. admitted in a statement that he had met with Veselnitskaya after being told she “might have information helpful to the campaign.”

“Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense,” Trump Jr. said. “No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

On Twitter, Trump Jr. defended his decision to accept the meeting, saying he “had to listen” when someone approached him about information that could help his father’s campaign.

“Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen,” he wrote. In a separate message, he rejected claims that he provided two different explanations about why he attended the meeting, saying he “simply provided more details.”

But Monday’s revelation sheds new lights on the meeting and is notable for several reasons.

As MSNBC’s Ari Melber noted, the email could be a crucial piece of evidence in any investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. The note could back up assertions from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to influence last year’s election, but it could also indicate that Trump’s inner circle was willing to accept the meeting despite knowing that a foreign government was involved.

Legal experts have said Trump Jr.’s behavior could be illegal, as campaign finance laws prohibit political candidates and their associates from obtaining anything of value to aid their campaign from foreigners. Common Cause, a nonpartisan watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday asking for an investigation into the meeting.

“He did in my view violate the prohibition on soliciting a contribution of a foreign national,” Paul S. Ryan, a campaign finance expert at Common Cause, told HuffPost’s Marina Fang.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders rejected any claims of collusion involving Trump Jr. She told reporters Monday that the only evidence of impropriety was “the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed.”

“Don Jr. did not collude with anybody to influence the election,” Sanders said at an off-camera briefing at the White House. “Don Jr. took a very short meeting from which there was absolutely no follow-up.”

Russian Lawyer: Donald Trump Jr. Wanted Dirt ‘So Badly’

Natalia Veselnitskaya says she never promised or had damaging intel on Clinton, but it’s possible Trump Jr. heard what he wanted to.

The Russian lawyer with whom the eldest son of President Donald Trump arranged a meeting because he was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton is pushing back on Donald Trump Jr.’s account of the story, saying perhaps he wanted the information “so badly” that he imagined it was offered.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Natalia Veselnitskaya said in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, her first remarks since The New York Times uncovered the meeting over the weekend.

The Times reported Monday that Donald Trump Jr. knew the information to damage Trump’s presidential election rival was coming from a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign before taking the meeting.

“It is quite possible that maybe they were looking for such information. They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted,” Veselnitskaya said, speaking through a translator.

The younger Trump’s story on the meeting, the first confirmed sit-down between Trump’s inner circle and Russians during Trump’s campaign, has continued to evolve. He initially claimed Veselnitskaya simply wanted to discuss sanctions related to an adoption policy and said he did not even know with whom he was meeting.

But he later admitted he was promised the information about Clinton before agreeing to the meeting, which was also attended by Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

Veselnitskaya suggested Trump Jr. played a more central role in the meeting than he initially indicated, recalling that during the meeting, he asked her “whether I had any financial records which might prove that the funds used to sponsor the DNC were coming from inappropriate sources,” referring to the Democratic National Committee.

“I never knew who else would be attending the meeting. All I knew that Mr. Donald Trump Jr. was willing to meet with me. So when all those reports came out, I tried to bring back my recollections of the meeting, and I compared them to the pictures that I saw in the newspaper articles,” Veselnitskaya said, noting that she recognized Kushner and Manafort.

Of Kushner, she said that he was only present “for probably the first seven to 10 minutes, and then he stood up and left the room.” She recalled that Manafort “never took any active part in the conversation” and “was always looking at his phone.”

Veselnitskaya, who has represented Russian state-owned businesses and the son of a senior Russian government official, also denied having ties to the Kremlin.

“Nyet,” she said, when asked if she had ever worked for or had connections to the Russian government.

On Monday, Trump Jr. hired a lawyer, Alan Futerfas, who said the story was “much ado about nothing.” In a statement, Futerfas did not deny the substance of the Times’ reporting but insisted there was nothing improper about the meeting.

Trump Jr. tweeted about the topic Tuesday morning, calling it a “nonsense meeting.”

The president himself has been silent on the news, only commenting through a spokesman for the outside legal team representing him in the multiple investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.

“The president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting,” Mark Corallo said, in response to the Times’ story on Sunday.

This article has been updated with more quotes from Veselnitskaya

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