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    NYT: Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign

    WASHINGTON — Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

    The email to the younger Mr. Trump was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.

    Mr. Goldstone’s message, as described to The New York Times by the three people, indicates that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information. It does not elaborate on the wider effort by Moscow to help the Trump campaign. There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails.

    But the email is likely to be of keen interest to the Justice Department and congressional investigators, who are examining whether any of President Trump’s associates colluded with the Russian government to disrupt last year’s election. American intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government attempted to sway the election in favor of Mr. Trump.

    Alan Futerfas, the lawyer for the younger Mr. Trump, said his client had done nothing wrong but pledged to work with investigators if contacted.

    ”In my view, this is much ado about nothing. During this busy period, Robert Goldstone contacted Don Jr. in an email and suggested that people had information concerning alleged wrongdoing by Democratic Party front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in her dealings with Russia,” he said to The Times in an email on Monday. “Don Jr.’s takeaway from this communication was that someone had information potentially helpful to the campaign and it was coming from someone he knew. Don Jr. had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed.”

    It is unclear whether Mr. Goldstone had direct knowledge of the origin of the damaging material. One person who was briefed on the emails said it appeared that he was passing along information that had been given to him by others.

    Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, and Paul J. Manafort, the campaign chairman at the time, also attended the June 2016 meeting in New York. Representatives for Mr. Kushner referred requests for comments back to an earlier statement, which said he voluntarily disclosed the meeting to the federal government. He has deferred questions on the content of the meeting to Donald J. Trump Jr.

    A spokesman for Mr. Manafort declined to comment.
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    Just Balkanize already.

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    The U.S? Impossible. It would fracture into segments even smaller than most of the current state lines look. LOL.
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    US, Canada, whatever.

    None of this will end well.

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    All the smoke is starting to lead to some fires. We'll see how this plays out as far as the investigations are concerned. The thing to remember though is that Impeachment and removal is not the legal process many think it is. It's a political one where enough members of Congress feel it's politically expedient to remove a sitting president. There is already enough evidence out there to support removal if the appetite for it was there. That's not really a question at this point, whether you're for Trump or against him. What is unknown is whether there is enough strong support among republican voters for it to make political sense for republican Congressmen and women to act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanJesus View Post
    All the smoke is starting to lead to some fires. We'll see how this plays out as far as the investigations are concerned. The thing to remember though is that Impeachment and removal is not the legal process many think it is. It's a political one where enough members of Congress feel it's politically expedient to remove a sitting president. There is already enough evidence out there to support removal if the appetite for it was there. That's not really a question at this point, whether you're for Trump or against him. What is unknown is whether there is enough strong support among republican voters for it to make political sense for republican Congressmen and women to act.
    I don't think there is. If Dems can take at least one house on 2018 then they will probably let it happen so that they can blame them instead of making it their decision
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    So is this the beginning of the end of the Trump admin? Shit going to start to snowball now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Heaven View Post
    So is this the beginning of the end of the Trump admin? Shit going to start to snowball now?
    Maybe. You might want to remember what you were doing on this day.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/u...l-clinton.html

    The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.

    The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.

    If the future president’s elder son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material — or the notion that it was part of an ongoing effort by the Russian government to aid his father’s campaign — he gave no indication.

    He replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

    Four days later, after a flurry of emails, the intermediary wrote back, proposing a meeting in New York on Thursday with a “Russian government attorney.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Heaven View Post
    So is this the beginning of the end of the Trump admin? Shit going to start to snowball now?
    I'd like to get excited about this but a Pence presidency is just as bad to me as a trump, albeit for different reasons.



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