Don Jr.'s Emails Show Poor Judgment — Not Evidence of Treason
It finally happened. Evidence of potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump team finally emerged in the media and it wasn't leaked by Obama holdovers in the deep state or disloyal White House staffers. It was posted on Twitter by the son of the president himself, Donald Trump, Jr.
The bombshell comes in the form of an email chain between Rob Goldstone, a colorful music publicist, and Trump Jr. detailing how they set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who allegedly promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
In the emails, Goldstone expressly informs Trump Jr. that Natalia Veselnitskaya has connections to the Russian government:
Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered 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.
It gets worse:
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information, but it is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
Goldstone explained that he contacted Trump Jr. first because of the sensitivity of the information, noting: "I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first." Goldstone also reminds Trump Jr. of the arrival of “the Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow."
Veselnitskaya, for her part, denied in an interview with NBC News that she had any connection to the Kremlin and insisted she met with Trump Jr. to discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., not to hand over damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Veselnitskaya said. She claimed that team Trump "badly" wanted dirt on Clinton: "It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information. They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”
Let's not kid ourselves. None of this looks good.