Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Does Timeline Infer That President Trump Knew Of The Trump Jr. Meeting?

Certainly not proof that president Trump knew from the beginning about the Russian meeting between his son and the Russian lawyer where Trump Jr. was expecting damaging evidence about Hillary Clinton, but look at the timeline and see what you think.
Junior
Timeline:

June 3, 2016:  British publicist, Rob Goldstone, sent the first of his emails to Donald Trump Jr. regarding a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.:  

"Good morning
Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
Best
Rob Goldstone"

June 7, 2016:  Rob Goldstone, shown in the following emails, arranges a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer to take place on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 4 pm at Trump Jr.'s office on 725 5th Ave. 

"Don
Hope all is well
Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday [June 9, 2016]
I believe you are aware of the meeting - and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you?
I assume it would be at your office.
Best
Rob Goldstone"
Donald Trump Jr. responded: 
"On Jun 7, 2016, at 18:14, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:
Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me, 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor."

June 7, 2016:  President Donald Trump says this at a campaign rally: Hat/Tip of video from Chuck Todd - NBC Meet the Press, and Jonathan Karl - ABC, This Week.


June 8, 2016:  Donald Trump Jr. sent this email:
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 12:03 PM
To: Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort
Subject: FW: Russia - Clinton - private and confidential
"Meeting got moved to 4 tomorrow [June 9, 2016] at my offices.
Best,
Don"
June 9, 2016:  the meeting took place between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and the Russian lawyer [and now we know others] at 4 pm.  From those talking about what happened in that meeting we are learning that no damaging information was given to Donald Trump Jr. by the Russian lawyer. 

June 13, 2016:  This is the Monday when president Trump said in the video above that he would reveal "very interesting" information [supposedly damaging] about Hillary Clinton.  The speech never happened...not this Monday, not the following Monday...it never happened.

Summary: On June 3, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. was notified of a connection from Russia where he could obtain damaging information about the Hillary Clinton campaign for president.  Donald Jr. was very interested and agreed to a meeting to be arranged very soon. He was informed on June 7, 2016 that a meeting was arranged for June 9, that Thursday. If we are to believe Donald Trump Jr., he never informed his father of any of this information [emails]; yet on June the 7th, president Trump [I guess just by coincidence] announced that he would shortly, maybe on Monday June 13th have a speech where he would reveal [damaging] information about the Hillary Clinton campaign.  But, alas, no damaging information [from the witnesses at the meeting] about Hillary Clinton was revealed in the meeting and I guess by another wild coincidence, president Donald Trump never did give that speech where he supposedly would reveal "very interesting" information on Hillary Clinton.

Hmm, seems like a lot of coincidences to me for president Trump not to have known about the meeting that was going to take place at around that time.  

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