According to a New York Times report, The Trump team met with a “Kremlin Linked” lawyer shortly after Trump won the Republican nomination.
Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times.
The previously unreported meeting was also attended by Mr. Trumpâ€™s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as the presidentâ€™s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to interviews and the documents, which were outlined by people familiar with them.
While President Trump has been dogged by revelations of undisclosed meetings between his associates and Russians, this episode at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of Mr. Trumpâ€™s inner circle during the campaign. It is also the first time that his son Donald Trump Jr. is known to have been involved in such a meeting.
Representatives of Donald Trump Jr. and Mr. Kushner confirmed the meeting after The Times approached them with information about it. In a statement, Donald Jr. described the meeting as primarily about an adoption program. The statement did not address whether the presidential campaign was discussed.
Now, as usual, the New York Times leaves some pretty importantÂ information out. The information they leave out is that the lawyer has ties to Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS is the firm behind the fake Russian dossier that was compiled by Christopher Steele a former MI6 agent.
But Trumpâ€™s legal team is raising questions about the June 9, 2016, conclave and is suggesting that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, misrepresented herself.
â€œWe have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for,â€ Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trumpâ€™s legal team, said on Saturday, just after The New York Times reported that the meeting took place.
Corallo pointed out that Veselnitskaya is associated with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind an anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Fusion GPS was paid by a Democratic ally of Hillary Clintonâ€™s to conduct the research.
â€œSpecifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier,â€ said Corallo.
â€œThese developments raise serious issues as to exactly who authorized and participated in any effort by Russian nationals to influence our election in any manner.â€
Just days after that Trump Tower meeting, Steele would compile the first of 17 memos that make up the dossier. The first memo, dated June 20, alleges that the Kremlin has blackmail material on Trump.
Other memos in the uncorroborated dossier allege that the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russian operatives to meddle in the presidential election.
As you can see the New York Times story does little to showcase the truth behind the meeting. The first is they claim “Donald Trump Jr. arranged the meeting”. What they don’t tell you is that he did not reach out to them rather people with ties to Fusion GPS reached out to him. They also don’t tell you that the people in the meeting misrepresented who they worked for at the time. What I mentioned above is small compared to my next point. This is the first major piece of evidence tying the Democratic party, Fusion GPS and Donald Trump together. Before we knew that a Clinton Ally funded the anti-Trump dossier. Now, we know that members of that same research firm who have “links to The Kremlin” misrepresented themselves and set up a meeting with Trump’s team after winning the Republican nomination.
This new information gives us more insight into the Democratic party’s attempt to concoct a Russian Narrative to destroy Donald Trump.