In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was accompanied by some others, including Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, after Trump Jr. was informed that Veselnitskaya could supply the Trump campaign with incriminating information about Hillary Clinton such as her dealings with the Russians. The meeting was arranged following an email from British music publicist Rob Goldstone who was the manager of Emin Agalarov, son of Russian tycoon Aras Agalarov. In the email, Goldstone said the information had come from the Russian government and “was part of a Russian government effort to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign”. Trump Jr. replied with an e-mail saying “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer” and arranged the meeting. Trump Jr. went to the meeting expecting to receive information harmful to the Clinton campaign, but he said none was forthcoming, and instead the conversation then turned to the Magnitsky Act and the adoption of Russian children.
The meeting was disclosed by The New York Times on July 8, 2017. On the same day, Donald Trump Jr. released a statement saying it had been a short introductory meeting focused on adoption of Russian children by Americans and “not a campaign issue”. Later that month The Washington Post revealed that Trump Jr.‘s statement had been dictated by President Donald Trump, who had overruled his staff’s recommendation that the statement be transparent about the actual motivation for the meeting: the Russian government’s wish to help Trump’s campaign.
Russian attempts to interfere in the election were first disclosed publicly by members of the United States Congress on September 22, 2016, confirmed by United States intelligence agencies on October 7, 2016, and further detailed by the Director of National Intelligence office in January 2017. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, the operation was ordered directly by Putin. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened the Crossfire Hurricane investigation of Russian interference on July 31, 2016, including a special focus on links between Trump associates and Russian officials and suspected coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The FBI’s work was taken over in May 2017 by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who led a Special Counsel investigation until March 2019.1 Mueller concluded that Russian interference was “sweeping and systematic” and “violated U.S. criminal law”, and he indicted twenty-six Russian citizens and three Russian organizations. The investigation also led to indictments and convictions of Trump campaign officials and associated Americans, for unrelated charges.
The Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the goal of harming the campaign of Hillary Clinton, boosting the candidacy of Donald Trump, and increasing political and social discord in the United States.
The Internet Research Agency, based in Saint Petersburg and described as a troll farm, created thousands of social media accounts that purported to be Americans supporting radical political groups, and planned or promoted events in support of Trump and against Clinton; they reached millions of social media users between 2013 and 2017. Fabricated articles and disinformation were spread from Russian government-controlled media, and promoted on social media. Additionally, computer hackers affiliated with the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) infiltrated information systems of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Clinton campaign officials, notably chairman John Podesta, and publicly released stolen files and emails through DCLeaks, Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks during the election campaign. Finally, several individuals connected to Russia contacted various Trump campaign associates, offering business opportunities to the Trump Organization and damaging information on Clinton. Russian government officials have denied involvement in any of the hacks or leaks.
Isn’t it funny that trolls like ROH ALWAYS accuse people who don’t agree with their blind support of The Treasonweasel of being “Russian Trolls”, when it’s the RUSSIANS THAT ARE SUPPORTING TRUMP??
Someone should try to crowbar it into his cranium that the “Russian Trolls” would be SUPPORTING trump, NOT making logical, accurate, and concise arguments as to why he IS a traitor! But then again, for anyone who still supports The Treasonweasel, logic is NOT their strong point, is it?
And, just as a side note: Donald Trump delivered remarks at a private dinner with wealthy donors Friday night at Mar-a-Lago, and as the Washington Post reported, the president shared some thoughts about the nation’s finances.
The Republican’s comments came just four days after the Trump administration reported that the annual budget deficit surpassed $1 trillion in 2019, despite the growing economy, and despite the fact that Trump promised voters he’d produce the opposite results.
AHEM!!: Donald Trump delivered remarks at a private dinner with wealthy donors Friday night at Mar-a-Lago, and as the Washington Post reported, the president shared some thoughts about the nation’s finances.
F.Y.I.: Donald Trump delivered remarks at a private dinner with wealthy donors Friday night at Mar-a-Lago, and as the Washington Post reported, the president shared some thoughts about the nation’s finances.
Wouldn’t it be easier just to look at trump’s Twitter feed?
But, OF COURSE, all those pictures and videos and hand autographed cards and everything else are ALL “Fake news”, made up by the “Dying New York Times”, and the “Lying media”!
Yeah, THAT’S the ticket!!
You mean all the Midwestern conservatives lining up to file farm bankruptcies as a direct result of trump’s “Values”? Yeah, so, how’s that working out for you??