This past week has been awash with one major bombshell in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal after another. Each new revelation has been so far over the top that it’s been difficult to believe that the next revelation will somehow find a way to stop it – and yet it inevitably does. And now the latest bombshell has arrived, even though major media outlets are slow-rolling it even while acknowledging that it’s in play: there appear to be smoking gun documents.
Yesterday it was revealed by the media that former Soviet (and some suspect current Russian) intel operative Rinat Akhmetshin was also present for Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian government attorney. Akhmetshin was quick to acknowledge his participation in the meeting once the media smoked him out. Then, for reasons known only to him, he decided to significantly up the ante. He asserted that the Russian lawyer brought the Trump campaign a folder full of documents that were supposed to make Hillary Clinton look bad, and that he saw this folder with his own eyes.
This is the game changer right here. These documents, if they are what he claims, mean that Russian and the Trump campaign really did come together to rig the election, as opposed to merely meeting to talk about rigging the election. This claim from Akhmetshin is right here in an Associated Press article (link), though you’ll have to dig down to the tenth paragraph to find it, and even then it only gets a brief mention. Similarly, no other major news outlets have decided to put this major new revelation in a headline yet. It forces the question of why.
Perhaps they’re all waiting until they can ask the other participants in the meeting for comment on this folder of documents. Or maybe they’re waiting a day to stretch it into the next news cycle before making it important. But either way, these documents – if they are what the Russian spy says they are – represent nothing short of a collusion smoking gun. If you find Palmer Report valuable, make a donation.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report