Donald Trump Jr. denies receiving anything of value from the meeting, and he denied that he did anything wrong.
The media treats Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian as some sort of scandal.
But the DNC got dirt on Donald Trump (probably all untrue) from Russians and other foreigner that became the Trump dossier. No one’s acted like this is wrong or criminal. Trump Jr. was being perfectly ethical.
He claims he never told his father about the meeting. But even if he had, there would have been no crime.
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Both sides came out of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower feeling misled and disappointed, transcripts show. So why did it happen and who benefited?
Certainly, that now-famous meeting has been the main exhibit among those politicians and media outlets fanning the Russian “collusion” theory.
Donald Trump Jr. told congressional investigators he agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer, someone unknown to him, when an acquaintance (a British-born producer for a Russian musician) told him “someone had official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia and that the information would be very useful to the campaign.”
“I was somewhat skeptical,” Trump Jr. said, because Rob Goldstone, the music producer who was asked by his client to arrange the meeting, did not provide any information to “validate” what he said the meeting would be about.
“As it later turned out, my skepticism was justified,” Trump said. “The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out to be not about what was represented. The meeting was instead primarily focused on Russian adoptions.”
Based on transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, both Trump and two of the Russians attending that June 9 Trump Tower meeting later agreed that they were talking past each other.
“All else being equal,” Trump Jr. said, “I wouldn’t have wanted to waste 20 minutes hearing about something that I wasn’t supposed to be meeting about.” Asked if he took the meeting to try to get dirt on Clinton, Trump said, “I took the meeting to listen.”
“To the extent that they had information concerning the fitness, character, or qualifications of any presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he testified.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who indirectly instigated the meeting, and Rinat Akhmetshin, her Russian-born lobbyist friend whom she invited to join her at the meeting, indicated that each side was looking for something promised, but not offered.
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