As with all political intrigue, the recent release of the Donald Trump Jr. emails regarding his meeting with the Russian attorney has been overwhelmed with both political spectrum sides trying to dominate the narrative. The anti-Trump crowd is wooing about the criminality of it, while the pro-Trump side is arguing nothing to see here, move on. Lost in the rhetoric is a fundamental reality of what the email thread reveals.

The Donald Trump Jr. emails reveal one very undeniable fact:

That the Donald Trump campaign was aware that the Russian government was actively working on their behalf, and that it welcomed the Russian support of the campaign.

Let’s look at two very poignant passages in the emails:

On Jun 3, 2016, Rob Goldstone wrote “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.” [emphasis mine]

As you can clearly see, Donald Trump Jr. expected detrimental information about the Clinton campaign from Russian government sources.

The email continued, “this is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” [emphasis mine]

You can clearly see that Trump Jr. was not surprised to read that the Russian government supported his dad’s run for office. No amount of political spinning will not make that inconvenient fact go away.

Donald Trump Jr. responded, “if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” [emphasis mine] There is no ambiguity about the excitement of receiving help from the Russians.

These are undeniable facts. They reveal that Donald Trump, Jr. took the meeting with the Russian attorney knowing that:

  1. He expected to receive information that would hurt the Hillary campaign while helping his father’s campaign, and
  2. that the information was coming from Russian citizens.

Donald Trump once famously said that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn’t lose any voters. Unfortunately, it is true for at least 30-40% of the U.S. population that believes in Donald Trump. No matter what evidence exists, they will continue to believe in the Trump mantra.

These latest facts are unlikely to sway diehard Trump voters.

However, the continued drip, drip about the Russian affair is hampering the Trump agenda. The more information that leaks out, the less likely Trump’s administration will be able to function and the more likely some of his surrogates may be in legal jeopardy.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

2 replies on “Piercing Through the Fog of the Trump Jr. Emails”

  1. I remember sitting in a luncheon where a lobbyist was talking about the business of lobbying. The statement she made was the first step is always tying what you are talking about to electability. So, I have no doubt that this Russian lawyer starts every political conversation with a statement about how she wants to help candidate xyz elected. Keep in mind that when this conversation took place the Obama administration was suppressing the information they had that Russia was meddling in the election. There were real questions about pay for play activity between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary on the Russian uranium deal. I can understand why Don Jr might have had an interest in seeing whether or not there were Russian documents validating this. The lawyer apparently had nada and it was a short meeting. No collusion, just opposition research fact finding that goes on in every campaign. Hillary did it with the Ukrainians and the Dems are trying to whitewash that away. One other detail. Russia doesn’t have a Crown prosecutor since it hasn’t been a monarchy since the early 1900’s. The fact that the writer of that email didn’t even know the correct title suggests he wasn’t all that well informed.

  2. Anglocentric
    Everything is collusion when the left isn’t winning. They see boogeyman around every corner, a Russian in every shadow. The left has gone insane, they have lost touch with reality!

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