As has been widely reported, on June 3, 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. was informed that a member of the Russian government wished to “provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian and would be very useful to your father” and that “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Junior’s response? He wrote, “…I love it…”
Six days later, on June 9, Trump, Jr. met with Kremlin affiliated lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya as well as lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin (who back in April was described by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley as a “a Russian immigrant to the United States who has been accused of acting as an unregistered agent for Russian interests and apparently has ties to Russian intelligence.”)
We finally have our smoking Kalashnikov.
On July 17, 2017, however, the twit who currently occupies the White House tweeted an interesting defense of his son: “Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!”
A bold claim…
On September 13, 2000, three weeks before the first of three debates between Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush, a mysterious package – postmarked Austin, Texas – arrived at the home of former Congressman Tom Downey.
Downey was not only a close personal friend of Gore, he was the vice president’s debate prep partner, standing in for George Bush at practice sessions. Opening the envelope, Downey discovered a videotape of Bush’s debate practice sessions as well as documents relating to Bush’s debate strategy. As soon as he realized what he’d been sent, Downey turned the materials over to the FBI. What’s more, he recused himself from any further debate preparations, with the full support of Gore’s team. In addition, the Gore Campaign reached out to both the Bush Campaign and the media to inform them of what had happened.
Whatever You-Know-Who might think, politics and integrity can coexist
– P. Sicher