Did Trump Know About the Meeting With the Russian Lawyer?
Trump speech gives telling hints to his knowledge of his son’s meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya.
For the past 173 days, the Trump administration has denied that the real estate mogul’s Presidential campaign had colluded with Russia to secure an election victory against Democrat Hilary Clinton. While nobody can prove them wrong (yet), the latest Trump-related scandal suggests otherwise.
On Saturday, the New York Times reported that the then-Presidential nominee’s son, Donald Jr., had met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in order to learn of potentially incriminating information that could damage their opposition’s campaign.
As the story has evolved the Trump administration has struggled to escape the ever-growing number of questions and suspicions about President Trump’s ties to Russia. More recently, Donald Jr. was interviewed by Sean Hannity, in an attempt to clear up his controversial meeting with the lawyer, linked to the Russian government. To avoid linking the President too closely to Russia, the Trump team and indeed, Donald Jr. himself, have denied that the then-Republican nominee knew anything of the meeting. Donald Jr. even went so far as to call the meeting “a wasted 20 minutes”, and said that nothing worthy came from it, and thus there was nothing to tell his father.
Trump’s 7 June 2016 speech will suggest that before the meeting he had at least some knowledge of new information regarding Hillary Clinton, and that he intended on reporting about it himself, at a press conference the following Monday. During this speech, Donald Trump referred to new facts that he believed the public would find interesting. The speech in which he mentioned the possibly new information, was delivered on the 7th of June, 2 days before his son Donald Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner, met with the Russian lawyer — who, whether successfully or not, was meant to inform them of ‘incriminating’ information. The meeting was held at Trump Tower on the 9th of June, and the proposed press conference set for the 13th, which would in theory, give Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner time to brief Trump on the incriminating information over that weekend.
While this necessarily doesn’t prove that Trump ‘colluded’ or ‘conspired’, it certainly suggests, that he expected damaging information — which he not only described as “interesting”, but also “informative” — suggesting that he was to speak of unheard of news concerning Hillary Clinton, which would have come from a Russian source, who has ties to the Kremlin.