When Donald Trump Jr. appeared on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News earlier this week, he vaguely admitted that he’d had additional contacts with the Russians beyond the one meeting that’s become such a lightning rod of controversy. Hannity naturally failed to follow up, and the matter went under-reported. But now for some reason the Russians are helping to make things worse for Junior by confirming that he had ongoing contact with them.
Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov and Russian pop star Emin Agalarov are alleged to have helped Emin’s publicist Rob Goldstone to set up the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and the Kremlin representative to try to rig the election. The lawyer for the Agalarovs appeared on CNN on Thursday night, and according to Raw Story (link), he confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. had spoken on the phone with Agalarov multiple times, months before the infamous meeting.
So why did this lawyer for a Russian oligarch just go on American television and volunteer to further incriminate Donald Trump Jr? Even more oddly, the attorney then turned around and insisted that Agalarov never had any conversations with Donald Trump Sr. So the Russians seem to be trying to scapegoat Junior in much the same manner that everyone else involved seems to be trying to scapegoat him. Senior was quick this week to insist that he had no knowledge of what Junior was up to. And Jared Kushner ratted out Junior to the Feds by telling them about the meeting when he revised his security clearance forms six weeks ago.
This circles back to the question I asked last night (link): why is everyone involved, from Donald Trump to the Kremlin, now trying to protect Jared Kushner in this scandal at the expense of Donald Trump Jr.? How did this become the pecking order in the Trump family? This makes less sense all the time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report