To take a so-called bombshell and distill it down to a nutshell, a Russian woman lawyer working for her clients got word to Donald Trump Jr. that she had incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton that she would like to discuss. She had no such information. Her real purpose was to lobby Trum about a law revolving around the adoption of Russian children.
Trump Jr. met with her for 20 minutes. End of story. There were no further meetings or other contacts. The woman says she has no connection to the Russian government.
Liberals are calling Jr’s meeting collusion with a foreign power to steal an election and even treason.
Here’s what he said a few hours ago during a TV interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
Donald Trump Jr. admitted to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that he may have mishandled a June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
“In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently,” Trump Jr. said in the interview, which aired Tuesday night.
Trump Jr. told Hannity that the meeting was for opposition research for his father’s presidential campaign, but turned out to be nothing. “Maybe they had something, you know, maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I’d been hearing about … so I think I wanted to hear it out. But really it went nowhere.”
“It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame,” Trump Jr. said.
Trump Jr. also said he did not tell his father about the meeting, which was also attended by his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager Paul Manafort: “It was just a nothing. There was nothing to tell.”
Earlier Tuesday, Trump Jr. released a series of emails discussing his plans to meet a Russian government attorney to discuss potentially damaging information related to Clinton.
“If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. wrote in an email.
When asked about how credible the emailed offer appeared, Trump Jr. told Hannity: “I didn’t know if there was any credibility, I didn’t know if there was anything behind it, I can’t vouch for the information. Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly.”
Trump Jr. told Hannity that he didn’t think he did anything wrong, and was willing to testify about his actions, if asked. That appears likely, after Reuters reported Tuesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee plans to seek his testimony.
To learn more about the key players in this so-called scandal, then scroll down the homepage from this post and read three earlier posts tonight on the subject of this uninteresting 20 minute meeting with a self-promoting lawyer.