Over the weekend, the left went totally apoplectic over news of Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with a Russian attorney during the campaign, but new details may instead prove wrongdoing on behalf of the Democrats rather than from anyone in the Trump campaign.
The Daily Caller reported that the meeting included then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which occurred after Veselnitskaya offered up potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton. While Veselnitskaya never actually gave the campaign any dirt, it’s now been revealed that she has some shady ties to Fusion GPS, the very firm responsible for creating the so-called “Russian dossier” on President Trump.
In other words, it appears as if the meeting was a set up.
From the Caller:
But Trump’s legal team is raising questions about the June 9, 2016, conclave and is suggesting that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, misrepresented herself.
“We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for,” Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump’s legal team, said on Saturday, just after The New York Times reported that the meeting took place.
Corallo pointed out that Veselnitskaya is associated with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind an anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Fusion GPS was paid by a Democratic ally of Hillary Clinton’s to conduct the research.
“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier,” said Corallo.
According to Corallo, this information raises serious questions about why the meeting took place to begin with.
“These developments raise serious issues as to exactly who authorized and participated in any effort by Russian nationals to influence our election in any manner.”
Just days after that Trump Tower meeting, Steele would compile the first of 17 memos that make up the dossier. The first memo, dated June 20, alleges that the Kremlin has blackmail material on Trump.
This sounds like a set up from the DNC, and if so, would be a blockbuster story, for sure. With Fusion GPS being involved, it wouldn’t be surprising in the least to find evidence that the meeting was, in fact, an attempt to catch the Trump campaign in some sort of illicit act, which never materialized.
In light of these revelations, it’s more important now than it’s ever been for Congress to investigate this and get to the bottom of it. If it’s discovered the DNC was behind this, heads need to start rolling without exception.