Donald Trump Jr. inexplicably published evidence of his own treason this morning when he tweeted out a copy of the email conversation which set up his meeting with the Russian government to discuss sabotaging Hillary Clinton. Why did he do it? Is he somehow under the impression that this gets him off the hook? Is he trying to take the fall to save his father? Either way, one key detail in the email exchange suggests Donald Trump did indeed know all about it.
In his tweet this morning, Donald Trump Jr. posted his entire email exchange with his friend Rob Goldstein. It refers to the meeting being with a “Russian government attorney” which proves he knew he was meeting with the Kremlin. Even the subject line says “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential” which proves he knew the meeting was about Hillary. So every claim reported by the New York Times over the past three days is proven true here. But then comes the mention of “Rhona.”
In the final exchange, Goldstone says to Donald Trump Jr., “I can send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.” (link). Rhona Graff is Donald Trump’s private secretary/scheduler at Trump Tower in New York. It was documented by Politico earlier this year that those in the know are still going through Rhona to reach Donald Trump, even for political matters (link). And here’s Rob Goldstone, offering to forward this treasonous email exchange to her.
To be clear, this isn’t proof that Goldstone actually did forward the emails to Rhona Graff. But it demonstrates that Goldstone knew enough to go through her to get to Donald Trump. And moreover it demonstrates that Goldstone was perfectly comfortable with taking the information to Trump; he just wanted to take it to Trump Jr. first, because they were friends. Notably, Trump Jr. made no effort to tell Goldstone not to share it with Trump. This all strongly suggests they ended up telling Trump – and evidence of that should surface next. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report