Trump Jr. Explains Himself to Hannity: ‘In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently’

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.

Marketwatch

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.

Mother Jones: Trump Russia Conspiracy Simple Fact Now

ARAS AGALAROV.

Theory:

Putin -> Agalarov -> Goldstone -> Russian lawyer -> Trump, Jr.

The problem for tinfoil hat wearing leftists is that there’s no evidence of any plot, just one quick meeting that promised to incriminate Hillary Clinton, but didn’t.

No quid pro quo. No “bombshell.” Just another nothing burger.

Mother Jones

Here’s a point missing in much of the coverage of Donald Trump Jr.’s bombshell emails: If they are an accurate depiction of events, these messages show there was a conspiracy between the Putin regime and the Trump camp that was exceedingly simple and compact and quite easy to implement. The apparent plot—yes, it was a secret plot—involved a small number of people: three of Donald Trump’s closest advisers, a Trump business partner (and that man’s son), a Russian official close to Vladimir Putin, and two emissaries. Actually, none of this is surprising. Or complicated. You do not need Agent Mulder to get to the bottom of this.

Let’s start with Aras Agalarov. He is a billionaire developer in Russia in favor with Vladimir Putin, who in 2013 awarded him the Order of Honor for his construction work in Russia. Agalarov is also a business partner of Donald Trump. In 2013, he signed up with Trump to bring to Moscow the Miss Universe contest, which Trump co-owned at the time. That deal was brokered by Emin Agalarov, Aras’s son and a middling pop star, and Emin’s manager, a Brit named Rob Goldstone.

For years, Trump had tried to do hotel and condo projects in Moscow. All these endeavors had failed or fizzled. (Trump Vodka had flopped, too.) The Miss Universe event was his only successful venture there. It was good for the Agalarovs. The contest was held in Crocus City Hall, part of a large shopping and exhibition complex they own on the outskirts of Moscow, and they were able to raise their profile and promote their ritzy theater there. Emin, as part of the deal, got to perform two songs before a global audience, which he and Goldstone hoped would boost his career.

The event made at least $12 million for Trump’s Miss Universe Organization. Even better for Trump, the pageant forged a tight bond between him and Aras and Emin Agalarov. Trump appeared in a music video Emin released. The Trump Organization and the Agalarovs started working on a deal to bring a Trump tower to Moscow. In fact, as Yahoo News reports, Ivanka Trump traveled to Moscow shortly after the event to scout locations. Here is a photo Goldstone posted on his Facebook page of Ivanka meeting with Emin there:

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Full Text: Donald Trump, Jr. Email Chain Prior to Meeting with Russian Lawyer

RUSSIAN LAWYER NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA. MET WITH DON, JR. FOR 20 MINUTES.

Obviously, no one would turn down the opportunity to see evidence of Hillary Clinton’s criminality.

It looks like Donald, Jr. was the victim of the old bait and switch, as the meeting that promised the dirt on Hillary turned into a meeting about adoption laws regarding Russian children.

It deserves it’s own post, but in brief the question that is relevant here is who leaked Trump Jr.’s emails to the New York Times. One theory is that former FBI Director James Comey is the culprit.

Zerohedge

June 3, 2016, 10:36 a.m.

From Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr.

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 officials documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and hear 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 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 3, 2016, 10:53 a.m.

DONALD TRUMP WITH EMIN AND ARAS AGALAROV.

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Donald Trump, Jr. Hires Mafia Lawyer Amid More Russia Connection Accusations

DONALD TRUMP, JR., WIFE VANESSA, AND FIVE CHILDREN. TYPICAL MAFIA FAMILY.

Obviously, Donald Trump, Jr. is Mafioso. He hired a Mafia lawyer, so he’s guilty. And by extension, they’re all guilty.

After President Trump’s brief respite from the usual ridiculous Russian stories while he was in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 meetings, the smear jobs have come roaring back, as predicted here.

This is all fake news, stories run by an unhinged media with a strong hatred of Donald Trump because of his lack of political correctness and because of their allegiance to the (((Deep State))).

Hiring a lawyer is exactly what you must do when you’re being framed. The lawyer’s past clients are irrelevant.

Buzzfeed

Donald Trump Jr., under scrutiny amid revelations that he met last year with a Russian lawyer, has hired a New York criminal defense attorney with a practice that’s included high-profile organized crime and cybercrime cases.

Alan Futerfas runs a small law firm in New York that focuses on white-collar investigations and prosecutions. Futerfas confirmed that he is representing Donald Trump Jr. to BuzzFeed News by email after Reuters reported the news.

ALAN FUTERFAS.

In hiring Futerfas, Donald Trump Jr. has followed his father in tapping an attorney outside the cadre of white-collar defense attorneys based in Washington, DC, who frequently represent people involved in political controversies. Earlier this year, President Trump hired Marc Kasowitz — a New York attorney with little white-collar defense experience — to represent him in connection with Department of Justice and congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Unlike Kasowitz, however, Futerfas’s practice is steeped in high-profile white-collar matters, as well as the occasional political controversy. News archives show that Futerfas has long represented clients with alleged ties to organized crime, including alleged members of the Bonanno, Gambino, Genovese, and Colombo crime families. Last year, he represented the son of a New York pizzeria owner who was found guilty of drug-related charges in a case that stemmed from an investigation into drug trafficking by the Italian mafia.

Futerfas has also handled several cybercrime cases. His clients have included a Russian man who created computer malware and rented it out to criminals to rob banks, and an Israeli man who was one of several defendants charged in a massive hack of consumer data from JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Donald Trump Jr. met last summer with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who had been working to change US policy, after he was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Asked about the meeting by the Times, Donald Trump Jr. initially said that it was mostly about adoption policies — but when presented with new information, he said that the Russian lawyer claimed to have information connecting Russia to Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

“Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” Trump Jr. said in a statement.

Sarah Palin Sues New York Times Over Editorial Linking Her to Violence

The New York Times did not get its facts correct when it maligned Sarah Palin in a recent editorial. A later effort to set the record straight did not even mention her name, according to NBC.

The press (and the rest of us) are entitled to express our opinions about anyone, but we’re not allowed to make up “facts.” Palin will have to prove damages in order for a judge to set compensation if she does win the case. I can’t recall the details, but one case involving defamation saw the plaintiff win, but walk away with a dollar in damages. I’m pretty sure it involved the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s defamation suit against Hustler publisher Larry Flynt.

Unless the lawyers are taking Palin’s case on contingency (meaning they get 30 percent of any payout to her) then she’d better have deep pockets. This type of lawsuit is expensive to pursue.

Most of the time, these cases are settled before going to trial.

NBC News

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, sued The New York Times on Tuesday alleging that the newspaper defamed her in an editorial that appeared to link her to political violence after the shooting of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise earlier this month.

The Times said it would “vigorously” fight the action.

Scalise, R-Louisiana, and three other people were wounded on June 14 by a gunman who fired a volley of shots at Republican lawmakers practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for the annual congressional baseball game.

In an institutional editorial titled “America’s Lethal Politics” — an unsigned piece intended to represent the opinion of the newspaper — the Times’ editorial board included rhetoric by a political action committee associated with Palin among examples of “how vicious American politics has become.”

Citing the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in Tucson, the editorial said: “Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”

Palin strongly objected to the editorial in a Facebook post, calling it “sickening” and characterizing it as an attempt “to destroy innocent people with lies and more fake news.”

In fact, writings by the gunman in the 2011 case, Jared Loughner, made it clear that he’d been planning the attack for a long time before the Palin map was circulated. Moreover, the map didn’t depict Giffords and the other Democrats themselves in cross-hairs — only outlines of their congressional districts.

The Times soon corrected the editorial, saying there was no link between political rhetoric and the 2011 shooting, as well as clarifying its depiction of the map. The correction didn’t mention Palin by name.

In the lawsuit (PDF), filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for Palin accused The Times of having published “a statement about her that it knew to be false” and of following up with a correction that didn’t sufficiently make up for “the falsehoods that the paper published.”

“The underlying premise of the Palin Article is that there is a ‘sickening’ pattern of politically incited violence against members of Congress and that this pattern stems from Mrs. Palin’s direct and clear incitement of Loughner’s 2011 shooting in Arizona,” the suit argues.

“But The Times fabricated this supposed ‘pattern’ and Mrs. Palin’s role in it, resurrecting a debunked connection between Mrs. Palin’s political activities and Loughner’s 2011 rampage in Arizona. By doing so, The Times implicitly attacked the conservative policies Mrs. Palin promotes and drove its digital advertising revenues at Mrs. Palin’s expense,” it says.

Breitbart is also covering this story, going into more depth about the evidence than NBC.

New York Times Calls for White Genocide

BRET STEPHENS, NEW YORK TIMES.

American white people whose ancestral roots go back generations in America should be deported. White people are pretty worthless, you see. They need to be removed from the country of their birth to make room for nonwhite immigrants.

Jewish journalist Bret Stephens drew Rebel Media’s Washington correspondent Jack Posbiec’s attention with an opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times and then was syndicated to other news outlets, such as Masslive, where I found it.

Jack calls it advocating white genocide. That may be a little too strong a characterization, but the op-ed is certainly hostile to the European-American. I’ve summarized it for you above, but here’s the entire hit piece.

MassLive

BY OP-ED COMMENTARY
By Bret Stephens
New York Times News Service

In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.

They need to return whence they came.

I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.

DEPORT THEM.

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Impeachment, Prison for Trump Thunders Across Media, Capital Hill in Wake of #comeymemo

Kablooey! Yet another crisis based on “sources say” has enveloped President Donald J. Trump again. One of the usual suspects, in this case the New York Times, has published a story claiming that fired FBI Director James Comey had written a memo to himself alleging that President Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into the ties between Russia and fired National Security Director Michael Flynn.

A memo to himself? What’s the deal with Comey? Is he a teenage girl keeping a secret diary?

Excerpt from Huffington Post

xactly one week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House is battling reports that the president asked Comey to end the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

A bombshell report in The New York Times on Tuesday says Trump made the request of Comey during a February meeting in the Oval Office. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, which an associate shared with the newspaper. Flynn, who was ousted from his job in February, is one of several Trump associates under FBI investigation over potential ties to Russia.

Reuters and NBC News later confirmed the Times’ report.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the president told Comey, according to the memo, the Times and NBC reported. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

The Feb. 14 meeting took place after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been confirmed by the Senate, but before he had recused himself from the Russia investigation.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to HuffPost Tuesday evening on whether Sessions had seen the memo at the time, or if he was aware of what Trump reportedly told Comey.

The White House, in a statement to HuffPost, denied events described in the memo:

While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.

“Also please note that the Acting Director McCabe said last week that the WH had not interfered in the investigation,” the White House statement added.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifed before the Senate Intelligence Committee that “there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

“It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely,” McCabe said.

Trump himself has also denied asking Comey to drop the Russia investigation.

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