Up to now, the confirmed meetings between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia have all been highly suspicious but have all had ways in which they could be explained away. Jeff Sessions claimed he only met with the Russian Ambassador because he was doing so in his role as a Senator, for instance. But now comes confirmation of a meeting that could not have been anything but collusion between the Trump team and the Russian government.
Key members of Donald Trump’s family and campaign staff held a meeting with a top Kremlin lawyer during the campaign, then lied about it, according to an explosive new report from the New York Times (link) – and incredibly, Donald Trump Jr is now admitting to the meeting but is insisting that it was about the adoption of Russian kids.
So we’re supposed to believe that everyone from Donald Trump Jr to Jared Kushner to Paul Manafort had such a strong moral compunction about Russian adoption that they stopped what they were doing in the middle of the campaign to hold a meeting with a Kremlin lawyer, just to get the adoption issue cleared up. This might actually be the weakest on-the-fly excuse that a stupid criminal has ever come up with to try to explain away criminal activities after getting caught in the act.
To be clear, we still don’t know what was discussed in the meeting. If there are tapes of the meeting, as Donald Trump seems to keep unwittingly hinting at during his recent Twitter rants, then the NY Times doesn’t appear to have those tapes. But considering that the upper ranks of the Trump campaign all piled into a meeting with a notorious Kremlin attorney like Natalia Veselnitskaya during the campaign, this is nothing short of a collusion bombshell. Moreover, there are likely larger collusion bombshells forthcoming. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report