a reply to: theantediluvian
I know it helps to tell yourself that Trump Jr. "destroyed" the narrative by validating the fact that he indeed met w/ a Russian operative for
opposition research. Meanwhile, in reality land, Trump Jr.'s words couldn't be more damning.
For anyone who has forgotten, here's a timeline with the key excerpts from the email chain. The five days of June 5 - June 8, 2016 will live in infamy
in American history.
June 3, 2016 - 10:36 a.m. - From Rob Goldstone
"The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official
documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father."
June 3, 2016 - 10:53 a.m. - From Trump Jr. (less than 20 minutes later)
"Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 12:40 p.m. - From Rob Goldstone
"Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary info - you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a
time and day"
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 2:03 p.m. - From Trump Jr.
"Rob could we speak now"
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 3:37 p.m. - From Rob Goldstone
"Let me track him down in Moscow. What number he could call?"
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 3:38 p.m. - From Trump Jr. (one minute after Goldstone's email)
"My cell. Thanks."
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 5:16 p.m. - From Trump Jr.
"How about 3 at our offices?"
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 5:19 p.m. - From Rob Goldstone (three minutes later)
"I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today."
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:14 p.m. - From Trump Jr.
"It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me, 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor."
The last few emails deal with the minutiae of scheduling the meeting.
And by Trump Jr.'s own admission in twitter on July 11, 2017
"The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opposition Research."
There are at least two issues. One is did Trump Jr. violate the letter of the law? I'm not a lawyer, so I'm sure the special prosecutor will figure
The second issue is the ethical posture, or lack thereof, of Trump Jr. Just because someone dangled a carrot in front of him, it doesn't mean he needs
to get the carrot. But he decided to do the unethical thing, regardless if a law was broken or not.