Randall D. Eliason teaches white-collar criminal law at the George Washington University School of Law. Connects to Sidebarsblog.com.
Donald Trump Jr. has published emails that led to his June 2016 meeting of Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Inversion of the jaw is not too strong a term for them.
As I wrote on Monday that the meeting – also with the presence of President Trump’s campaign director Paul Manafort and her husband, Jared Kushner – is potentially a key element in the investigation of a possible collusion between the Russian National Trump campaign .
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Donald Trump Jr. met a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton during his father’s presidential campaign, after learning that the information was “part of Russia and the support of his government to Mr. Trump.” (Video: Elyse Samuels, Jenny Starrs / Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post).
Trump Jr. had already admitted that he attended the meeting after being informed by email that Veselnitskaya offered to provide information detrimental to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
However, the emails themselves – which they posted on Twitter apparently after learning that the New York Times was about to publish – are far bolder than they would have imagined.
Associated email Rob Goldstone Trump leads the subject line, “Russia-Clinton – Private and Confidential”. It says that the “Crown Prosecutor of Russia” offered to provide the Trump campaign “documents and information to incriminate Hillary and her relations with Russia and would be very helpful to her official father.”
He explains that he is “a part of Russia and the support of his government to M. Trump.” Veselnitskaya emails describe as “Russian government lawyer.” Trump Jr. response to this offer: “If that’s what you say, I especially love late in the summer” – in other words, closer to the date of the election.
It held the meeting and said that Goldstone Kushner and Manafort also participate. What are the steps to start? First, the emails state that the purpose of the meeting was to share potentially damaging information about Clinton.
Trump Jr. and others have said that the meeting refers mainly to sanctions against Russia and the prohibition of adoptions of Russian American children. These topics are mentioned nowhere in the emails.
But the emails can not be more clear that the information comes from the Russian government and “part of Russia and the support of his government to M. Trump.” [E-mail messages Donald Trump Jr. could be more compromising]
Finally, the email addresses any doubts about Trump Jr.’s mood in relation to possible Putin. His ‘I like’ says everything. Any lawyer in the country responsible for the campaign, to this type of offers of assistance of the Russian government, would be shouting in the other direction.
Hopefully he or she will also report to the FBI. Apparently Trump’s team gave him a kiss. During the campaign, Trump’s three oldest and most trusted advisers took the time to meet a “Russian government prosecutor” to see what the Russian government had to offer.