Donald Trump’s puppets on the House Intelligence Committee made a point of yelling “No Collusion” again today in the Trump-Russia scandal, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. They were trying to distract from the stunning, yet not particularly surprising, bombshell that just sent Donald Trump Jr to prison for the rest of his life.
Donald Trump Jr met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the election, in an attempt at getting dirt from her about Hillary Clinton. When the media got wind of this meeting a year later, Junior first tried to claim the meeting was about adoption, before his own emails made clear that his intent was criminal in nature. His last line of partial defense was the claim that Veselnitskaya wasn’t really representing the Russian government, and therefore he was only conspiring against United States with a Russian private citizen, and not with the Russian government itself. But that just all went out the window.
Veselnitskaya has admitted this in an interview aired by NBC News today: “I am a lawyer, and I am an informant. Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.” In other words, she’s a Russian government spy. All that’s left to do is to demonstrate that Donald Trump Jr knew this when he met with her, and he’ll end up with a life sentence in prison for treason or its peacetime rough equivalent, Conspiracy against the United States.
What’s notable is that this comes even as Donald Trump’s longtime “attorney” is trying to decide whether to cut a plea deal in order to avoid spending much of the rest of his life in prison. Now Donald Trump Jr’s only chance of dying in a cell is if he cuts a plea deal. Many observers don’t think Junior would ever send his father to prison to save himself, but those same observers thought Michael Flynn would never sell out Donald Trump either.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report