[Voice of America Intl] July 11th: Jack Talks Jr, Manafort and Kushner Meeting with Russian Operative
I appear on Voice of America International Edition. This is an extraordinary development. From the beginning, the Trump Administration has claimed they had no contact with the Russians and that was fake news. The problem, of course, is that they have had extraordinary contact with the Russians. The latest revelation is pretty astounding in itself but consider it in context of all of the previous pieces of information and it is potentially quite explosive.
According to the New York Times and then reiterated by Jr. himself after forced into a corner, Jr. thought he was dealing with a Russian government contact who had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Of course, there is a real question about why he didn't go directly to the FBI. He didn't. Instead, his response was to say, "seems we have some time and if its what you say, I love it especially later in the summer." This is extraordinary as it feels like collusion. Further, the Russians then released a ton of information through Wikileaks "later in the summer." Coincidence? Hell of a coincidence.
One last point, some have attempted to argue that Jr. is not a White House official in any sense. Of course, that ignores that possibility that his father was made aware of the situation. That has yet to be determined. However, what we do know if that Jr. Paul Manafort, the Director of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, and Donald Trump's senior advisor and dson-in-law Jared Kushner were all present for a meeting with this Russian lawyer.
Robert Mueller, Special Counsel investigating the Trump/Russia connections, just announced they will be looking into the emails of Jr. as part of their broader investigaiton.
Yeah, this story has legs.