Trump Jr.: the harder you try the worse it gets
The first-born of the US President has published a chain of mails where it’s made explicit Moscow's interest in helping Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
The document published by Donald Trump Jr. through his Twitter account demonstrates his willingness to meet in June last year with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who promised to possess information incriminating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in unfavorable business with Russia.
The information was an act of good faith on the part of the Russian government to make known to the Trump campaign that had the support of the Kremlin when arriving at the White House.
The story of the meeting has been widely published and closely followed by the New York Times, uncovering details as they have been confirmed.
Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former English reporter, proposed the meeting, indicating that the Russian government was the source of the information carried by the lawyer.
According to statements by both Trump Jr. and Goldstone, the meeting was unsatisfactory as the lawyer gave vague hints about the information she possessed and quickly changed the subject to try to discuss the reopening of the process of adoption of Russian children by American families, a measure suspended by Russian President Vladimir Putin once the US government passed the Magnitsky law - a decree of sanctions against the Russians for alleged human rights violations.
While the document provides no evidence of Russian cyber interference in the 2016 presidential elections, it does become a fundamental material for the Justice Department and for the Senate Intelligence Committee that are evaluating the possibility of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to modify the results of the presidential elections.
The meeting was held in the presence of Jared Kushner (Trump's son-in-law) and Paul J. Manafort, who was campaign manager at the time. For its part, Goldstone represented a somewhat more intricate connection, as the publicist represents Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose father was Trump's senior associate during the Miss Universe edition in Moscow in 2013, and is one of the individuals close to Putin.
In the e-mail chain, you can read how Goldstone poses the circumstance: “the Crown prosecutor of Russia ... 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," he wrote on June 3, 2016. "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump,"
For his part, Trump Jr. replied: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".
The "transparency" strategy of the president's first-born was intended to dispel doubts about the plot surrounding the Trump administration, but he seems not to have fully read the paper he published.
Trump Jr.'s lawyer has downplayed the fact that his defendant had acceded to the meeting under those terms, asserting that it was simply "getting potentially useful information for the campaign that came from someone he knew."
Trump Jr. himself confirmed this through his Twitter account: "Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent," he said wryly. "Went nowhere but had to listen."
At this point, nothing that the supporters of the Trump administration may say will make the ties to Russia clearer than the paper issued by the president's first-born, and trying to argue only makes it more obvious.