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DAMNING TIMELINE: RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA[ New ]
Why did DJ Trump announce “I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons." He said this four days after his son and others met with the Russians? Read it - source cited at bottom if you want to read all of it.
Donald Trump Jr. received an email from Rob Goldstone, a former British tabloid reporter who knew the Trumps and spent a lot of time in Russia in recent years. Citing a Russian contact, Mr. Goldstone offered to help provide “very high level and sensitive information” that would “incriminate Hillary” as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Mr. Trump replied 17 minutes later “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” he wrote.
(Personal comment: This is strange – Trump Jr. didn’t ask who are you? Why are you contacting me? He just said he loved it??? Was he familiar with the source?)
After several more emails, Mr. Trump and Mr. Goldstone agreed to a meeting at Trump Tower on the afternoon of June 9 with what Mr. Goldstone described as a “Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow.” Mr. Trump said he would probably be joined by Paul J. Manafort, the campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, his brother-in-law, who would later become a White House senior adviser. That evening, the Republican primary season wrapped up with contests in five states. Mr. Trump, the presidential candidate, took the stage in New York and focused on Mrs. Clinton.
“I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons,” he said.
“Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her private hedge fund — the Russians, the Saudis, the Chinese — all gave money to Bill and Hillary, and got favorable treatment in return.”
Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who, contrary to Mr. Goldstone’s email, did not openly work for the state but was a former prosecutor with deep connections to the Russian government and a history of arguing for Russian interests. In an initial statement to The New York Times, the younger Mr. Trump said Ms. Veselnitskaya primarily discussed a ban on American families seeking to adopt Russian children imposed by Mr. Putin as retaliation for American sanctions on Russians suspected of human rights abuses.
Donald Trump Jr. later acknowledged that he had agreed to the meeting because he believed Ms. Veselnitskaya would provide the campaign with incriminating information about Mrs. Clinton. Only after an inquiry by The Times prompted him to release his emails did it become clear that he had been told that the information was coming from the Russian government.
Ms. Veselnitskaya, for her part, has maintained that nothing about the campaign was discussed, and she said she provided no incriminating information about Mrs. Clinton.
A hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 posted opposition research and donor documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee. A cybersecurity firm that investigated the breach concluded that Russia was behind it. “Too bad the D.N.C. doesn’t hack Crooked Hillary’s 33,000 missing emails,” Mr. Trump, the candidate, said in a statement.