Trump Campaign meeting with Russian Lawyer. Cause for Scrutiny?
From Ivanka’s sit down at the G20 summit meeting to President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin on cybersecurity to Donald Trump Jr’s undisclosed meeting with a Russian Lawyer, the Mainstream press and the Democrats have gone dizzy emboldened with distractions to try and paint the President in the most negative of sorts.
What is factually evident, however, is that in June 2016 Trump Jr. invited Paul Manafort, the campaign’s chairman at the time, and Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law to attend a meeting with Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The report that surfaced surrounding the spectacle tying the president’s eldest son indicated the meeting took place because Veselnitskaya had promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton and the DNC having numerous connections to Russia. The meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York.
The meeting might only protrude to more smoke in a growing debate over whether the Trump campaign actually colluded with Russian officials during the election. The meeting does indicates that the campaign was willing to get help from foreign officials.
Is this a cause for concern? Certainly.
Will anything come out of it, like means for prosecution? Probably not.
Though the report will further damage the President politically, his legal team said that there had been no knowledge on the President’s behalf of the meeting ever taking place.
Contrary to some of the reports that have listed unnamed sources, the meeting was factually accurate based on Trump Jr.’s verification and the subsequent statement he released to the press.
“I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign. I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance. We had a meeting in June 2016. After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting. I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office. The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.”
Veselnitskaya has deep ties to the Kremlin and Russian Mob. Her main priority in the meeting was to collude with campaign in fighting against the Magnitsky act to which Trump Jr. abruptly ended the meeting when he knew what it had entailed.
The real question is what was behind Veselnitskayas damning statement to the campaign about the DNC’s connections to Russian operatives. Let’s not forget that it was the Clinton foundation that worked with the State Department to deal 20 percent of U.S. Uranium over to the Russian government.
The press has chosen to focus their coverage aimed at criticizing Ivanka even after her father and herself contributed funding $50 million in spending to the woman’s work movement.