At a time when Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just hours away from making his first arrests in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, the reactions from Trump’s associates have ranged from laying low to publicly melting down. Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort have said nothing. Roger Stone has responded so inappropriately, he was promptly banned from Twitter. Then there’s Donald Trump Jr, who as usual, got caught doing something poorly timed and stupid.
During the course of the election and its aftermath, The Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald – who had initially claimed to be a supporter of Bernie Sanders – gradually revealed himself to instead be a Donald Trump apologist and a Russian puppet with ties to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Today, for reasons known only to him, Donald Trump Jr began following Greenwald on Twitter. It’s not clear why Junior would begin following Greenwald, though the most logical reason would be in order to facilitate a direct message conversation between them.
Donald Trump Jr didn’t appear to realize that anyone would catch him in the act of following Greenwald – but let’s just say people noticed. More accurately, a computerized algorithm caught him in the act. There’s an automated Twitter account called “Trump Alert” whose sole purpose is to monitor Trump’s people on Twitter and announce any changes. Sure enough, Trump Alert tweeted “DonaldJTrumpJr has just followed @ggreenwald” this afternoon.
That led Benjamin Wittes, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a personal friend of former FBI Director James Comey, to quote the news of Donald Trump Jr following Glenn Greenwald while adding “Of course he did.” If Donald Trump Jr is now communicating with Russia through Greenwald, it would merely add to the list of criminal activities that Robert Mueller is expected to nail him for. Twitter direct messages can easily be subpoenaed.
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