First a summary of the timeline for all of you who have little time for details. The timeline makes it quite obvious that Candidate Donald Trump was being informed about his campaign colluding with the Russians to help his efforts and damage Hillary Clinton. Knowing the control freak mentality of the man we must assume he was in fact also directing the effort. Here’s the summary:
- Friday June 3rd, 2016: Donald Trump Jr. is offered dirt on Hillary Clinton, collected by Russian contacts.
- Tuesday, June 7th, 2016: Trump Jr. agrees to a meeting two days later, in Trump Tower. He says he’ll bring Trump adviser Jared Kushner and campaign manager Paul Manafort.
- Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 (evening): Donald Trump gleefully anounces that on the coming Monday he will be revealing sensational news about misdeeds by the Clintons.
- Thursday, June 9th, 2016: The Russians were not able to deliver anything really useful, or sufficiently concealed, Candidate Trump cannot deliver the announced speech.
Trump Sr. has repeatedly said, any says to this day, that he has never had any contact with the Russians, and that nobody in his campaign had either. The above timeline proves that this is a blatant lie: in the June 2016 week Don Jr. told him that they were going to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from people close to the Russian government. On learning this Trump impetuously announced hat he wold soon be revealing sensational material on Hillary. When no useful information was received from the Russians, no dirt speech made.
Here’s the timeline in greater detail:
Friday June 3rd, 2016
Donald Trump Jr. received an email from Rob Goldstone, a publicist with high-up connections to Russia, telling him that the crown prosecutor of Russia would provide the Trump campaign with damaging information that “would incriminate Hillary … and be very useful to your father.” It was obviously high level, sensitive information, “but part of the Russia government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Minutes later, Trump Jr. responded: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Goldstein emailed Trump Jr., asking him to meet with “a Russian government attorney.” Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting and stating he would most likely bring Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The meeting is subsequently set for Thursday, June 9th, in Trump Tower. Later that evening, just after 9 p.m., Donald Trump held a speech which contained the following passage:
“I am going to give a major speech — probably on Monday of next week,” he says, “and we are going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you are going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.” The above video was posted by Inside Edition, which goes on to show Don Jr. telling Fox News that his father knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting
One thing is absolutely clear, if you have not buried your head in a ton of sand: Don Jr. had informed his father of the offer by the Russian officials and told him that the material on Clinton would be handed over two days later. Trump Sr. could not hold back: he announced that he would be revealing the not-yet-received product to the public, the next opportunity he had — probably next Monday.
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
The Russians were not able to deliver anything really useful, or something where the connection to Russia could be sufficiently concealed, or their demands were too incriminating. So Don Jr. had got nothing. The Monday came and went, Donald Sr. could not deliver. Later Assange and Wikileaks did the necessary and started releasing material hacked by the Russians.
Fast forward to after the election: Trump repeatedly stated that he had never had any contact with the Russians, never, none, and nobody to his knowledge in the campaign had either. He holds on to that position until today, modifying it as revelation after revelation become know. In every case it was the others, the Micro-manager in Chief himself was completely unaware.
July 8th, 2017
On this day the New York Times reported on the hitherto undiscovered June 9, 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with close links to the Kremlin. On the same day Trump Jr. released a statement saying it had been a “short introductory meeting” about adoption and “not a campaign issue”.
July 10th, 2017
White House spokesperson Sanders said the president had learned of the meeting only “in the last couple of days,” and Trump Jr. said in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity he had never told his father about the meeting.
July 11th, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. learned that the newspapers were in possession of the emails that led to the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians, so he preemptively released them himself, “in order to be totally transparent.” The next day, aboard Air Force One, President Trump told reporters he had only heard about meeting two or three days earlier.
July 31st, 2017
The Washington Post reported that the statement released by Trump Jr. on July 8 was actually produced by his father aboard Air Force One. Trump advisers feared “that the president’s direct involvement leaves him needlessly vulnerable to allegations of a cover-up,” but he had insisted.
The Magnitsky Act
The often repeated claim that the Trump Tower meeting had been “primarily about an adoption program” is false. The meeting was clearly set up to negotiate the cancellation, by a future Trump administration, of a bipartisan U.S. Congress bill, the Magnitsky Act. It is a law passed to punish Russian officials who were responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax accountant and whistle blower who was investigating fraud by Russian tax officials. He was arrested and probably beaten to death in 2009 while in custody. The Magnitsky Act freezes the assets of Russian officials involved in this and in similar human rights abuses. It severely restricts their ability to travel in the West and puts their names on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list, which prevents them opening bank accounts anywhere in the world and effectively makes them financial pariahs.