Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort gave an extremely bad excuse for agreeing to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on the campaign trail, along with Donald Trump Jr. and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Trump’s Associates in Hot Water over Bombshell Report
On Tuesday, Trump’s associates tried to defend themselves against a tidal wave of criticism regarding the potentially treasonous meeting between Veselnitskaya, Don. Jr., Kushner, and Manafort.
Manafort’s defense was incredibly bad after Don Jr. confirmed a New York Times report that he had met with the lawyer, who has deep ties to the Russian government. Don Jr. is now on the hot seat after leaking a series of e-mail exchanges between him and the person that arranged the meeting.
In those e-mail exchanges, the person of contact tells Trump’s son that the Russian government supports the Trump campaign and plans to hand over incriminating information regarding Clinton and her “dealings with Russia,” which may be very useful to Trump Sr.
“[The] sensitive information […] is part of Russia and its government support for Mr. Trump,”
One of the e-mails states.
Trump Jr. said that none of that sensitive information ever reached him as Veselnitskaya used it as a pretext to talk to him about the now-closed U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
Shortly after the Times report was published, Republicans literally ran for cover on Capitol Hill, and those who dared to bring a defense likely later regretted it. The Russian lawyer said the Russian government never gave her any damaging info on Clinton.
Kushner refused to comment publicly, but a friend of Manafort told reporters that Manafort hadn’t had the time to read the entire e-mail chain forwarded by Don Jr. before the meeting. So, he “didn’t even know who he was meeting with when he attended the 20 to 30-minute session,” the source said.
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