Courtroom-quality evidence that Trump Sr. KNEW about collusion
Throughout the 2016 campaign, both the right and the left pummeled Hillary Clinton for having a private email server -- even though many of the people who learned to loathe her probably don't know what the word "server" means in Computer-ese. Millions of people still believe that she "bleached" 30,000 emails, a charge which Donald Trump continues to make. In fact, the FBI recovered the majority of those emails and found them to be personal and innocuous, just as her lawyers had maintained.
This post won't dissect each line of that exchange in a search for criminality -- although we should note that Donnie Jr. has given us yet more proof that Jared Kushner deserves prison for lying on his security forms. Right now, I'd like to direct your attention to the same issue that drove the previous post: Where was Trump the elder? What did he know and when did he know it?
That June 9 meeting grew out of an email exchange with Rob Goldstone. The earliest email in this chain was sent on June 3. I direct your attention to this damning excerpt from Goldstone's letter:
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
"Emin" is the famous Azerbaini singer managed by Goldstone; "Aras" is Aras Agalarov, the Russian billionaire and Putin crony. Clearly, they were in on this whole thing. "Rhona" is Donald Trump Sr.'s longtime secretary Rhona Graff; anyone hoping to contact him had to go through her.
The letter clearly indicates that the elder Trump was to be made witting. Again: The meeting on the night of June 9 took place in Trump Tower, on a floor directly below Donald Trump's residence, on a night when he was sleeping in his own bed in New York City, after a day he had spent with Paul Manafort.
Back to the chronology: On June 6, Donald Trump Jr. emails his cell phone number to Goldstone; it is arranged for Junior to speak to Emin Agalarov after the latter has completed a concert. It is fair -- very fair -- to presume that the gist of the "sensitive information" about Hillary was conveyed during that telephone conversation. After the call, Don Jr. sends this message: "Rob thanks for the help."
Nothing in the email exchange suggests that the candidate was being kept out of the loop -- in fact, the "Rhona" reference makes clear that he was to be in the loop, despite the unpersuasive contrary claim made by Trump's lawyer.
The next day, June 7, Junior tersely sets up a meeting with the Russian lawyer. After some wrangling over schedules, they decide to hold the meeting on June 9, 4 pm.
You know what else happened on the night of June 7? Donald Trump the elder made a speech after a big win in New Jersey. In that speech, he made a series of demonstrably false claims about Hillary Clinton accusing her of carrying out "corrupt dealings." (In the video embedded above, the relevant portion starts around the 7 minute mark.)
Secretary Clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server. Something about how she's getting away with this folks nobody understands.
The first sentence is patently false: The server was not illegal and none of the emails recovered by the FBI provide evidence of corrupt "work." The second sentence is garbled in a typically Trumpian fashion. To me, it seems obvious that he felt that he had learned something that "nobody understands."
He went on:
Designed to keep her corrupt dealings out of the public record, putting the security of the entire country at risk and a President in a corrupt system is totally protecting her - not right. I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you're going to find it very informative and very, very interesting. I wonder if the press will want to attend, who knows.
You may recall wondering about the meaning of that threat. I recall it. I fretted.
On Monday (June 13), there was no major speech. Throughout that week, Trump had nothing new to say about the Clintons beyond his familiar guff.
Let us review:
On June 6, Donald Jr. spoke to one or both of the Agalarovs, who supposedly had major dirt on Hillary Clinton. the "Rhona" reference (earlier in the email chain) clearly indicates that the candidate was also supposed to receive this information.
On June 7, Donald Trump promised to give a "major" speech the next Monday in which the world would learn important new information about Hillary Clinton.
On June 9, Junior, Kushner and Manafort meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer. We still don't know exactly what went on. (Donald Trump Jr. and the lawyer have told wildly incompatible stories.) But we know that there was some sort of breakdown during that meeting; the Russians did not deliver the promised goods.
On June 13, Donald Trump does not give the promised major speech.
The events of those four dates are damning. I think that we have courtroom-quality evidence that Donald Trump the elder was perfectly witting of his campaign's collusion with the Russians.
Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.
The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.
The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some Republican political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.
Gosh. Could the DNC hack have come up during that meeting at Trump Tower on June 9? Ya think?
Trump knew. He knew.
Added note: When I started writing this post, I thought that I would be the first to note the true meaning of the Trump speech embedded above. Now that I'm ready to post, I find that others have published first, including Josh Marshall. To paraphrase the Good Book: "The race goes not to the swiftest -- but that's the way to bet."
Steve, I seldom get insulting or go ad hominem, so please understand my sincerity when I offer my thanks to you for making this trolling crap dump of yours so much shorter than the last one. You seem to have mistaken the readers of this blog. This is not a meme-receptive 4chan offshoot filed with some sort of imagined red meat hungry, what? Libtards? Commies, simple liberal dupes?
I don't care where exactly, in which quadrant of wingnutsville you reside. Once you've left the reality-based community, you can't come back with your stupid grin trying to peddle your worn out, see-through, insulting right wing garbage. We've all read better, are tired of it and won't be fooled or impressed, let alone *persuaded* by it. No more free advice for you, tired Steve.
Now back to reality, such as it is, and speculation thereupon.
No one, certainly not the now much maligned Mueller himself can know where all of this will end up. Criminal cases are hard to build.
Sharon, it can now be safely guessed that Don Jr. (and it is funny that even S. Huckabee Sanders calls him, on the record, just that) is not a red herring, but is rather, a small fish. A small fish with rather loose lips. Like his father, he blurts out a lot of significant information when he could have kept quiet.
posted by Tom : 2:09 AM
Please add to your timeline for the Trump campaign, Brad Parscale's meeting with POTUS on June 8th - see Parscale's Tweet, reported in the Guardian link (below). Note that the President planned to travel to San Antonio on June 16th 2016, for a fund-raiser likely attended by key members of his web-hosting/internet data campaign management firm, Giles-Perscale. Perscale is a long-time friend of Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Is it a coincidence that Giles-Perscale suddenly hired an additional 100 programmers, 10 of whom were alumni of Computer Analytica? A National Review article provides a brief view of the link between the Trump campaign and a Mercer backed computer analytics company founded by a U.K.-based oligarch whose fortune is linked to Putin's: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438739/trump-campaigns-data-firm-partner-cambridge-analytica-worked-cruz http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438739/trump-campaigns-data-firm-partner-cambridge-analytica-worked-cruz http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/San-Antonio-firm-overseeing-Donald-Trump-campaign-8142205.php . See in Guardian article Brad Parscale's picture of himself and the President in a June 8th tweet about his meeting with POTUS: "Brad Parscale ✔ @parscale Great meeting with our next POTUS. I have the great honor to work for @realDonaldTrump daily #TrumpTrain @DanScavino 12:12 PM - 8 Jun 2016 " https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/23/trump-campaign-biggest-fund-recipient-giles-parscale According to mysanantonio.com on June 14, 2016, "The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hired Parscale in 2012 to build a website for Trump International Realty. Parscale went on to work on sites for Trump Winery, the Eric Trump Foundation and a site for Trump’s wife, Melania. Among Giles-Parscale’s other clients are the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word. Trump will stop in San Antonio on Friday (June 16) for a private fundraiser likely to be held at Oak Hills Country Club on the city’s North West side."
posted by Anonymous : 10:57 AM
To understand why the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's web-hosting, campaign marketing, and data firm, Giles-Parscale, place Brad Parscale's tweet (see link in Guardian article https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/23/trump-campaign-biggest-fund-recipient-giles-parscale) about his June 8, 2016, meeting w/ POTUS in context with Don Jr's tweets and the timeline of meetings w/ Russians (June 3, 2016: "...I love it..." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/trump-russia-email-clinton.html?_r=0). Now add 1) Peter Thiel's (co-founder of Crunchbase, PayPal founder, Facebook board member) and 2) Eric Schmidt's (former CEO of Google) quotes (first published online in Forbes, Nov 16, 2016).
"It's hard to overstate and hard to summarize Jared's role in the campaign," says billionaire Peter Thiel, the only significant Silicon Valley figure to publicly back Trump. "If Trump was the CEO, Jared was effectively the chief operating officer."
"Jared Kushner is the biggest surprise of the 2016 election," adds Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, who helped design the Clinton campaign's technology system. "Best I can tell, he actually ran the campaign and did it with essentially no resources." https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2016/11/22/exclusive-interview-how-jared-kushner-won-trump-the-white-house/#372a51163af6
Now consider Brad Parscale's role in leading the multi-state ad campaign for the Mercer funded non-profit organization, Make America Great Again, and look at the Trump campaign spending (Federal Election Commission http://docquery.fec.gov/pres/2016/M9/C00580100/B_PAYEE_C00580100.html ) and the FBI's Annapolis MD raid on Strategic Campaign Group in May, 2017 ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/fbi-searches-republican-political-consulting-firm-in-annapolis/2017/05/11/43949a9e-367a-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.825102d2f6cd )
Who is leaking WH info, including Don Jr's emails...? Maybe someone in Giles-Parscale, not just Bannon. Many people are motivated to swing attention toward Kushner and away from Mercer backed operators and interests.
Certainly, Giles-Parscale personnel will have a strong interest in turning state's evidence soon, but if you follow the money, all roads lead to Mercer family business, PAC, and non-profit investments and henchpersons (Bannon, Conway, Parscale, Thiel, Eric Trump's wife who works for a Giles-Parscale entity), not just Russia. Mercer's co-conspirators and minions have an incentive to frame Kushner.
Trump is in Kompromat bind. He was played through his greed and bottomless sense of entitlement. Does he really have any choice about who is sacrificed: his sons, his daughter's husband?
Mercer family interests and entities advocate for a post-nationalist world with spineless, corrupt governments primed to do the bidding of a handful of wealthiest people in the world. Mercer organizations' debt to Russian intelligence is strong. Kompromat is a ponzi scheme where an inner cabal, a handful of players, will have agency to dominate world affairs. Everyone is either a pawn or player. In their de-constructed, cutthroat vision for world order, the ends justify the means. We all know by now that "make America great again" is just another lie.
Look twice at who is in the FBI's legal crosshairs...? For example, who has monetized criminal activity (e.g. RICO/money laundering... in NY) that they can lean on to turn state's evidence in a Russia interference in the U.S. election investigation?