The story about Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer has to be one of the more bizarre news stories in a long time (which is saying something).
First, Donnie says he never met with anyone associated with the Russian government in a campaign capacity. Then he says, “ok, I met with someone associated with the Russian government, but just about adoption.” And then finally, “ok, I met with someone associated with the Russian government, in an official campaign capacity, to talk about potential dirt on Clinton, but my father wasn’t aware of it.” What the hell? So of course, given who we’re dealing with, the conspicuous throwing in of “father wasn’t aware” means that his father most certainly was aware. Why is he lying so much about this? Why throw in “my father didn’t know about it”?
Where did the NYT get this information? It’s clearly incontrovertible enough to make Donnie admit to lying just a day before, which means it must be some pretty airtight stuff. Is it just a coincidence that this comes just days after the Trump-Putin meeting, where Trump seems to have refused to give Russia any of the things they wanted. Just a thought: is this Putin putting out a small leak to twist Trump’s arm; a “this is just a small sample of what I can do to you if I don’t get what I want”?
Think about it: consider Putin’s bizarre and fast reply to the story, saying he doesn’t know the Russian lawyer, and has no knowledge of the meeting. This is conspicuous protesting too much if I’ve ever heard it. Remember who we’re dealing with. So the obvious takeaway here: Putin does know her, knew all about the meeting, and was behind the whole thing. It’s basically telling Trump and anyone else with the wits to listen: “I did this.”