Tuesday's HOT MIC
Not exactly sure what we have here re: Trump Jr. emails. And I'm not sure the New York Times does either. All they know is that it's Russia, Trump, and Russia...and Trump.
Other than that, there's nothing much, as even they admit:
It is unclear whether Mr. Goldstone had direct knowledge of the origin of the damaging material. One person who was briefed on the emails said it appeared that he was passing along information that had been passed through several others.
Heh. Third- or fourth-hand information. Think of the kids game "Telephone." By the time Goldstone got it and passed it along (perhaps with his own embellishments), you have to wonder how useful it could have been.
“In my view, this is 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 told The Times in an email on Monday. “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.”
Treason? Or gullibility?
The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
If the future president’s elder son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material — or the notion that it was part of a continuing effort by the Russian government to aid his father’s campaign — he gave no indication.
He replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
So Trump Jr. all but commits treason and leaves an email trail? Really? Or perhaps the Times is overplaying their hand. Was Goldstone really a "trusted intermediary"? Trump didn't know the Russian lawyer from Eve. Did Trump Jr. believe (and do we) that Goldstone was really in touch with the Russian government at a level high enough that Trump believed he was actually speaking on behalf of Putin? Or was he trying to impress Trump Jr. to swing the meeting?
So many questions — at least for a more neutral observer than the Times.