New Story About Meeting Between Russian-Linked Lawyer And Trump Jr. Creates Waves

If you were hoping that the stories about alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump administration were a thing of the past, you can consider your wish unfulfilled. A new story has emerged that brings the story back to life, and you can bet that the mainstream media will play it up for all that it’s worth. Reports have emerged that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign, and the alarm bells are sounding for those still clinging to the collusion narrative.

As Yahoo reports, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer that indicated she had information that may be ‘helpful’ to the Trump campaign. After the story broke, Trump Jr. quickly headed to social media to share a nonchalant response.

"Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent ... went nowhere but had to listen," he wrote.

That proved to be a poor choice, as the story quickly gained traction. Wild speculation and accusations would soon follow, and a representative for Trump Jr. would provide a more detailed statement.

“It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at that time and there was no follow up,” the statement read. “I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”

While that seems simple enough for anyone that’s not trying really hard to see a fire, the statement didn’t pass muster either.

“After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton,” the statement added. “Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense . . . It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

In essence, it was a meeting that provided nothing of substance. As Trump Jr. indicated in his initial response, meetings of this nature are fairly standard during any campaign. Period. Those that are in possession of information that could be damaging to an opponent will often seek a meeting, and they will quickly shift gears to what they want in exchange. It sounds like this lawyer had nothing, and the meeting was wrapped up soon thereafter.

Just because similar things happen all the time, does it make it right? Of course not. But to attempt to spin this as a sign that the election was tilted in Trump’s favor due to ‘inside information’ from the Russians is beyond ludicrous. Hillary Clinton did enough damage to her campaign all by herself, and voters spoke at the ballot box. There has yet to be any evidence that Russian interference impacted a single vote. This non-story will quickly be filed away with the plethora of other ‘bombshell’ stories that were later to be proven to be a whole lot of nothing.

Source: Newsday, Elite Daily, Yahoo
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