Donald Trump Jr. has posted on Twitter the email chain where he first set up last summer's meeting with a Russian attorney peddling dirt on Hillary Clinton's campaign. As one does with evidence that could potentially be used against you in a criminal prosecution.
Forget calling him Fredo. It's an insult to Fredo.
Trump Jr. also included a statement with the emails, and hoo boy:
The first email on June 3, 2016 was from Rob, who was relating a request from Emin, a person I knew for the 2013 M. Universe Pageant near Moscow. Emin and his father have a very highly respected company in Moscow.
He seems to think this is exculpatory in some way. But Russia is an autocracy run by oligarchs with shady mob ties. What counts as “respected” there will not play as such in America:
The woman, as she has said publicly, was not a government official.
Let's put a pin in that one for a moment:
To put this in context, this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue.
First off, it's not “in vogue.” People aren't interested in it because it's trendy.
Second of all, yes, the alleged hacking of the DNC servers had not yet been revealed to the public. That still doesn't explain why you took this long to come clean about the meeting, going so far as to call the allegations of ties between Russia and your father's campaign “disgusting,” “so phony,” and that you “couldn't think of bigger lies.”
OK, onto the emails. First, one from Rob Goldstone, the manager of Emin Agalarov, the Russian singer and businessman mentioned in the statement:
Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia called his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that could incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and could 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. [...]
What do you think is the best way to handle this information(?)
Obviously, a meeting at Trump Tower with its heavy Secret Service presence and security, of course!
Then, from a later email from Goldstone — remember above, when Trump Jr. said the lawyer has stated publicly that she is not a government official? Well... (emphasis added):
Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday. >» I believe you are aware of the meeting - and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you?
OK, then! Someone send a case of Alka-Seltzer to Don Jr.'s lawyer's office.
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