Donald Trump Jr. released the email exchange between himself and Rob Goldstone, a music producer who represents Russian pop star Emin Agalarov and who the media claim has ties to both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Although, as a music producer and publicist working for Russian music talent in New York, it is unremarkable that the man has met with or had communications with prominent figures in both Russia and New York City.
The released emails contain this line: “The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with [Agalarov’s] father Aras this morning and their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia would be very useful to your father.” In another email, the publicist claims, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
We now know that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Trump, was lying. Her real aim was to get into the meeting and essentially push for repeal of an adoption law in the US which the Russians objected to. Further, we know, she achieved nothing of substance.
What is more, she has ties to the same Democrat-affiliated opposition research firm that allegedly created the fake Russian dossier on Trump, which John McCain peddled.
“We 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,” according to Mark Corallo, who represents President Trump’s legal team. “Specifically, 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. ”
So we have a meeting set up in June of 2016 by someone who claimed to have dirt on Hillary from the Russian government, someone affiliated with the same firm that allegedly tried to frame Trump with a fake dossier?
The real question this raises: if the Trump campaign had been “colluding” with the Russians all this time, why would they even be interested in such a meeting? And what campaign official in their right mind would not explore information on their opponent, regardless of its source?
What this meeting shows is that the Trump campaign had no connection to the Russian government, it was willing to hear someone out who claimed a connection and that they had dirt, and that it took less than a half hour to see that this was nothing.
What would the campaign have done if there really was information from Russia? We will never know, and you cannot ethically prosecute someone legally or in the court of public opinion based on such speculation.
But, of course, the inaccurate media whose constant journalistic errors are always leaning against Trump, won’t care. They now present this as “proof” of some sinister “collusion”, when in fact it was a fake meeting arranged under fake pretenses by someone who is associated with a firm that uses such methods to sling mud at political opponents.
In the end, if the Trump campaign and the Russians were so close, this meeting, fake on all counts, would never have occurred. Trump would already have the so-called “dirt” and his people would already know this woman was not in on the plot.
The Donald Trump Jr. emails do reveal deception. The campaign was deceived by a woman connected to the same firm that allegedly invented a fake Russia dossier against the President and evidently a publicist they thought was a friend, into holding a meeting based on a totally false pretense to pursue an agenda that was simply rejected. That is the only deception here.