So that Donald Trump Jr. meeting might actually be a something-burger

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Donald Trump Jr. and Donald Trump shown in a November 2015 photo.

When, Donald Trump Jr. decided to release all (or maybe not all, who knows?) of the emails leading up to his famous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian attorney at which he had been promised Russian-compiled dirt on Hillary Clinton, I expressed skepticism about whether it would turn into a bigger deal.

I figured that even if the meeting was corrupt or collusive, as long as everyone at the meeting stuck to the story that nothing much happened, it was unlikely to turn into much than proof that the Trump campaign was willing to collude. I also noted, based on a piece by a Russia-wise journalist, that the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, appeared to be more of a creature of the Moscow state government, rather than the Kremlin, and that people should be careful about referring to her as “Kremlin-linked.”

On both of those scores, I need to take back my first reactions. Turns out there were several more people at the meeting — and that those additional people seem to add to the potential shadiness of it. Also, more people means more people who might end up divulging what really happened at the meeting.

Since Trump Jr., who claimed by his release of email to divulge everything there was to divulge — which got him a public compliment from his father for his “transparency” — was withholding the identities of several more people who were at the meeting, the “transparency” gag is exploded.

Now, it turns out that Veselnitskaya was not only connected to the Moscow state government but had also done work for the FSB, which is the Russian version of the CIA. I hereby request permission to take back my first reaction, which was to predict that the meeting “might actually turn out to be a nothing-burger.”

In fairness to myself, the full paragraph in which “nothing-burger” appeared went like this:

“Since I haven’t mentioned it yet, here’s where I am on the Donald-Jr.-colluded-with-the-Russians thing. It might turn into something Trump-presidency-threatening, but I’m not ready to get ahead of the evidence, and I have a hunch it might actually turn out to be a nothing-burger.”

My current hunch is that it might turn out to be a something-burger. But what good are hunches. Everyone at the meeting should testify under oath, and let the investigation proceed.

UPDATE: Special counsel Robert Mueller has officially asked all participants in meeting to save all documents related to it.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/21/2017 - 03:47 pm.

    The best guess is that it all began around Trump properties serving as money-laundering operations for Russian oligarchs.

    As Mueller moves into investigating Trump’s pre-election Russian dealing and is going to request the mysteriously ever-audited tax returns, Trump will pull the trigger for his own Friday night massacre.

    Taking dirty money leaves fingers rather sticky.

    With someone like Trump–follow the money–it’s what he has always been guided by.

  2. Submitted by Patrick Tice on 07/21/2017 - 04:22 pm.

    How long

    …Before Trump fires Muller? The WH is in chaos and it seems the unthinkable happens every few days.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/21/2017 - 09:17 pm.

    Mueller’s request

    IS only a request for those at the meeting (apparently a majority) who are NOT American citizens.

  4. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/22/2017 - 10:41 am.

    And this morning reveals the lies told by our now Attorney General, and the contention that the President believes he has the power to unilaterally pardon anyone–including himself–for anything.

    Why, oh why, don’t we love the President like the “Mooch” does.

    “”I think the ship is going in the right direction,” he said. “I think [Americans] really, really love the president, if you look at individual state-by-state polls the guy’s doing phenomenally well…The president is really well loved.”

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