I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines by now, but if not, liberals sure are up in arms over the news that Donald Trump, Jr., along with Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign.
But was the meeting (and the headlines) staged as a big setup to trap the Trump team?
According to Daily Caller, it just might be:
President Trump’s eldest son, his son-in-law and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort met at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected lawyer last June, it was revealed on Saturday.
But Trump’s legal team is raising questions about the June 9, 2016, conclave and is suggesting that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, misrepresented herself.
“We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for,” Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump’s legal team, said on Saturday, just after The New York Times reported that the meeting took place.
Apparently, there was both a Russian AND a Democratic connection that wasn’t revealed, either, as the ‘Russian lawyer’ was allegedly associated with the opposition research team.
Corallo pointed out that Veselnitskaya is associated with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind an anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Fusion GPS was paid by a Democratic ally of Hillary Clinton’s to conduct the research.
“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier,” said Corallo.
Corallo also said that this raises serious questions as to who was actually involved, and what brought the effort about.
“These developments raise serious issues as to exactly who authorized and participated in any effort by Russian nationals to influence our election in any manner.”
Just days after that Trump Tower meeting, Steele would compile the first of 17 memos that make up the dossier. The first memo, dated June 20, alleges that the Kremlin has blackmail material on Trump.
It, of course, reads like an attempt at a set-up, with a connection to the DNC, which is a blockbuster, if true.
According to NY Post, Donald Trump, Jr. said that the “pretext for the meeting” had been pitched to the Trump team as if someone had damaging information on Hillary Clinton and her connections to Russia.
“After pleasantries were exchanged,” Trump Jr. said in a statement to The Times, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
Trump Jr. said the prospect of dirt on Clinton was the “pretext for the meeting” but after it began, it was clear the real agenda was policy changes that Vladimir Putin desired regarding the adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, that targets suspected human rights abusers.
Interestingly enough, Fusion GPS, who the Democrats hired to do opposition research on Trump, was also involved in anti-Magnitsky efforts to get Russian sanctions rolled back. Go figure!
Yes, U.S.-born businessman, Bill Browder, says his companies were defrauded by Putin oligarchs, has claimed that – you guessed it – Fusion tried to smear him in an effort to undercut the Magnitsky Act.
Furthermore, Sen. Chuck Grassley says this raises some serious questions in regards to Fusion’s links to Democrats, as the FBI relied on the Fusion dossier for part of its investigation into the alleged Trump-Russia collusion.
Oh, it raises serious questions, alright. Questions that need to be answered through an investigation into the Democrats’ involvement in all of this.