Donald Trump Jr. Tweets Out Emails Showing He Sought To Collude With The Russian Government

Have you ever wondered what it would have looked like if President Nixon had a Twitter account during the Watergate scandal? Wonder no longer.

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In an effort to get ahead of a New York Times story that shows he sought incriminating information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian government-affiliated lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out his emails with Rob Goldstone, an intermediary who introduced the Trump campaign to a Russian lawyer who said she had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The most damning email includes a section that describes information obtained by "the Crown prosecutor of Russia" and explicitly says that the information was "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."

An email (with highlights made by Gizmodo) from Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr. dated June 3, 2016 asking if Trump would be interested in meeting with a Russian agent who had sensitive information about Hillary Clinton (Twitter)

That same email from Goldstone said that, "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

In the June 2016 exchange, Donald Trump Jr. replies to news of possible info on Clinton with,"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer." This would refer to something akin to an October Surprise, the name for unexpected game-changing information late in a presidential campaign.

The Trump regime acknowledged that the meeting between Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner happened with the Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. But they originally said that the meeting was just about "adoption" before revising their story twice. Obviously it's hard to make that case now.

Veselnitskaya went on NBC News this morning and denied that she had any connections to the Kremlin but said that they really wanted any information from Russia that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton.

"It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such information," she told NBC in an interview broadcast this morning. "They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted."

Amazingly, Trump published the emails before the New York Times could, according to CNN's Brian Stelter.

It's only going to get weirder from here. The only question is whether any price will be paid, given the fact that the Department of Justice is completely under President Trump's control at the moment. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey back in early May, setting off a constitutional crisis that frankly America hasn't yet resolved.

[New York Times]

Update, 12:05pm: In retrospect, Donald Trump Jr's claims from July 2016 don't really hold up.

Update, 12:47pm: Vice President Mike Pence has released a statement saying that he didn't know about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting. But perhaps most tellingly he'd really like to remind you that he wasn't part of the campaign yet.

Trump announced that Pence would be joining his campaign on July 15, 2016.

Update, 1:27pm: The Democratic National Committee sent Gizmodo a statement about Donald Trump Jr.'s tweets.

"Let's be clear: Donald Trump Jr. was told in explicit terms that the Russian government wanted to help his father win the election, and he knew the information was coming from a family with close ties to Vladimir Putin," said DNC Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson. "Instead of reporting this to the FBI, the President's son said 'I love it' and invited the Trump campaign's most senior aides to participate."

"This investigation is far from over, but there is no longer any question that the Trump campaign welcomed the opportunity to collude with Russia in last year's election."

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Comments

    One politician's camp doing whatever they can to discredit their opponents is hardly news.

    Would love to read about the origins of the pussy grabbing tape. Would be awesome to know how Hillary's people obtained it :)

      The argument would be that it's connected to Russia, another country and automatically bad. That's how they'd say separate it from Hillary personally calling Tom Arnold for Trump dirt.

      The problem is, say Russia and it's Government preferred Trump, who cares? Countries publicly and privately support and condemn candidates in other countries all the time. The evidence of some collusion or giant conspiracy is still some how not coming forth. It's moving around to the latest thing people point to as evidence. There will be something else in a few weeks.

      Hillary's people were handing around the Steele Dossier, created by a former British Intelligence Officer. If the situation with that was reversed and there was a similar dossier, created by a former Russian Intelligence Officer on Hillary. People would be yelling treason and impeachment. Hell that document was given to Hollywood celebrities, told it was top secret, in order to get them feeling special and riled up publically going nuts against Trump.

      It's once again that awkward thing where I find, I'm not a Trump supporter but I just don't get the insanity over the conversation and discussions against him. I'm not defending Trump, I'm just criticising the insanity and hypocrisy.

        I hear you mate! He's a terrible president purely due to incompetence. These elaborate conspiracies are way beyond his capacity.

        I've gotten to a place where the Trump conversation starts up I just say, "Donald Trump is a great man." It's easier than actually responding and more or less has the same effect.

    Donald Trump Jr. took a meeting from someone claiming evidence of foreign corruption by Hillary Clinton. The meeting proved useless. Donald Trump Jr. released the emails leading to the meeting. It is clear from the documents and statements of all involved that Donald Trump Jr. did nothing wrong. He broke no law. This isn’t like Hillary Clinton’s husband soliciting donations disguised as speech payments, travel costs, and charity work, while Hillary was Secretary of State. Based solely on the fact the source of the information was a Yeltsin-era prosecutor from Russia, a few anti-Trump lawyers falsely accuse Trump Jr. of a crime.

    American law imposed no restrictions on foreign donations for almost all of its history until that ethical icon Lyndon Baines Johnson was President. Then, after Watergate, those restrictions on foreign funding of American elections was mostly enacted through the incorporation of Watergate-era reforms. Exceptions always existed: only cash donations, or the like, were prohibited and green card holders exempt. Most relevant here, volunteer services of any kind were completely legal, reflecting Constitutional concerns with restrictions on anything other than campaign cash. More than a few noted the irony of America lecturing the world about foreign influence in domestic elections, given our intelligence services turned it into an art form.

    The Code of Federal Regulations makes the law immunising Trump Jr.’s actions precisely clear: any foreign national individual may volunteer personal services to a federal candidate or federal political committee without making a contribution. The law provides this volunteer “exemption” as long as the individual performing the service is not compensated by anyone on the campaign. See 11 CFR 100.74. For example, as the Federal Election Commission advises all, “an individual can provide volunteer services to a candidate or party without considering the value of those services a contribution to the candidate or party.” Section 30121 of Title 52 does not apply to voluntary activity or services. The thing “of value” must be actual money, or its transferable equivalent, not a volunteer of services or information. Otherwise, if volunteering information in coordination with a campaign constituted donations, everyone from John Harwood to Chuck Todd (and maybe all of CNN) made millions in donations to the Hillary campaign, as WikiLeaks emails disclosed.

    Hence, legally, Donald Trump Jr. taking a meeting at the request of a family friend, to hear someone wanting to volunteer information about your Dad’s adversary, can legally be no crime. He did what a loyal son, honorable friend, and smart advocate would do — hear them out. Anyone who thinks that’s a crime is the one who needs to have their values checked.

    I thoroughly enjoy the belly laughs that family provides me, daily.

    All this "journalism" against Trump, where are the outrage/scrutiny on Hilary? Oh right, doesn't fit with their agenda.

      Last time i checked. The election is no longer on and hilary was not elected. Screaming "BUT HILARY!" shows how desperate you trumpettes are to divert attention away from the small handed fellow.

        The irony of being labelled Trump supporter for applying reason and logic to the discussion will never be lost on me. Point is that if Hillary won, the reportage since the election would be completely different right now.

          Point is that if Hillary won, the reportage since the election would be completely different right now.

          Thats correct, Hilary would not be acting like the small handed baboon is acting like. So the media would report differently.

            That's right, if Hillary was POTUS they would be reporting on her work and not her personality deficiencies.

            The fact that Trump is not very likeable or that he looks a certain way or has certain idiosyncrasies has nothing to do with his work as POTUS. And if anything, I'd argue that Hillary supporters should be the first to be outraged by this, given their close association with identity politics.

            Get it dude? It's like saying Malcom Turnbull is a bad Prime Minister because he wears a blue tie! And unfortunately, that's what we're getting in the news - personal character attacks which just serve to empower biased, uninformed opinions like yours.

            Last edited 13/07/17 5:57 pm

    In the words of every Trump supporter post election victory, "Hilary lost, get over it". She's no longer relevant, but Trump and his cabinet are. The "agenda" here is uncovering election meddling, of which there is ample evidence, and more evidence is uncovered every day. There's millions of irrelevant people journalists could scrutinise, but why would they?

    Jesus, how much corruption will the seppo's allow before throwing out the election result and starting again? Ridiculous this can even be a thing.

    correct me if i am wrong, but wouldn't they have to be a direct/provable link with Donald, just because his children do "something wrong" thats not him

      No. In the post-truth world, if there is a chance that someone who knows someone you met did something illegal back in 1983, you are obviously guilty ;)

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