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The Morning Briefing: NYT Doubles Down, Military Plane Crash, Bernie Predicts Healthcare 9/11

Good Tuesday Morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Wait, where did you go?

Did you know that more than half the memos penned by former FBI Director James Comey and shared with a third party to be leaked to the media contain classified information? Forget about that story from yesterday because the media has moved on to the more important second day stories about a much more important narrative.

Buckle up...

More anonymous sources say Trump's son was told about RUSSIAN 'effort' to aid campaign

The New York Times is reporting that no less than three (!!!) anonymous sources have said that Donald Trump Jr. was told in advance that the he would be meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer interested in colluding with the Trump campaign to help his father win the election. 

That's not what the Times writes but that's what it means. Here's what the Times wrote:

Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

Three people with knowledge. Who are these people and how do they know what was in the email? I'm serious, who would have this information (three people!!!)? (Answer: IMO, the IC who are/were monitoring Manafort. Here's that pesky unmasking again...) And why are the Times and other media outlets relying on anonymous sources when so many of their sources have misled them? (answer: #resist)

The meeting was set up by Trump Jr. friend Rob Goldstone.

Mr. Goldstone’s message, as described to The New York Times by the three people (!!!), indicates that the RUSSIAN government was the source of the potentially damaging information. It does not elaborate on the wider effort by Moscow to help the Trump campaign.

So the Times doesn't have the email and did not see the email but had the email described to them.

This nefarious smoking gun meeting with a RUSSIAN person who wanted to collude with the Trump campaign on behalf of the RUSSIAN government was reported by Jared Kushner, who said he had already disclosed the meeting to the feds.

And the Times contradicts itself. What did Trump Jr. know that the man who brokered the meeting didn't know and how did he know it?

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.