Earlier this week the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump personally dictated the initial lying statement that his son Donald Trump Jr. released about his meeting with the Russian government during the election. The revelation that Trump spearheaded the coverup was an indicator that he also spearheaded the meeting. And now investigators may have found a way to tie the meeting back to him – which would prove him guilty of attempted election collusion.
Here’s what CBS News revealed this evening: “Investigators have ‘high interest’ in obtaining phone records of those involved [with] Trump Jr’s meeting [with] Russian lawyer” (link). There is only one possible reason for this. The emails between Trump Jr and Rod Goldstone prove that Trump Jr is guilty of attempted election collusion. The only reason to go after the phone records is to prove that Donald Trump himself was in on the meeting.
If the phone records end up being what investigators think or hope they are, it could end up proving that Donald Trump was in communication with the attendees before, during, or after the Russia meeting. Trump has insisted that he didn’t learn about the meeting until nearly a year after it took place. Few objective observers believe him on this matter, but it has to be proven. And phone records are the way to do it.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his administration are continuing to attempt one distraction from the Russia scandal and investigation after another. Today Trump had Stephen Miller roll out an overtly racist new anti-immigrant policy which has virtually no chance of passing the Senate, but has nonetheless served its purpose of dominating the headlines and conversation for a day. But it’s still just a matter of time before the next major Trump-Russia bombshell hits the newswires, putting Donald Trump and his failing White House right back on the defensive.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report