It doesn’t add up. At all. Mind you, there are many questions raised by the emails Donald Trump Jr. released, only after the press had already gotten wind of them, relating to the June 2016 meeting between top members of the Trump campaign and a Russian attorney with ties to that nation’s government, but the central premise of Trump Jr.’s story is that the meeting came out of nowhere, and went nowhere, and nobody ever thought anything about the matter again. But the circumstantial evidence doesn’t support that. And the texts of the emails themselves suggest a different story.
Here’s the key part of the first message from meeting facilitator Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr., a message offering information about “Hillary” that Goldstone asserted was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this
and in their meeting 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.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
Now, Goldstone was well-known by the Trump family, as was the “Aras” being spoken of. But he’s not just offering gossip on Trump’s opponent out of nowhere; he (rather astonishingly) puts in the email that the very high level information is: “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” He appears to add that in order to add credibility to his own claims, in fact; perhaps Trump Jr. might blow off news from Rob Goldstone about Hillary Clinton, but this is news from the Russian government’s efforts to support Trump, not just Rob Goldstone talking.
The news that a foreign government has launched an effort to “support” his father ought to be, at the least, surprising news to Trump the younger. The sentence certainly would stand out even without our helpful bolding here: It’s an assertion that the government of a not-entirely friendly foreign power is ready and willing to aid the Republican presidential campaign, and it comes along with a specific form of aid: Secret, “very high level and sensitive” information about his American opponent.