Unless Mitch McConnell gets to him first with a shot of Thorazine and a polo mallet, the Tweet storm today from the Russian Usurper ought to be the stuff of legends:
“President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it. The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times. …
“It is unclear whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the promised compromising information about Mrs. Clinton. But the people interviewed by The Times about the meeting said the expectation was that she would do so.
“When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton. But on Sunday, presented with The Times’s findings, he offered a new account. In a statement, he said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which his father took to Moscow. ‘After pleasantries were exchanged,’ he said, ‘the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.’
“He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The 2012 law so enraged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he halted American adoptions of Russian children. ‘It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,’ Mr. Trump said. Two people briefed on the meeting said the intermediary was Rob Goldstone, a former British tabloid journalist and the president of a company called Oui 2 Entertainment who has worked with the Miss Universe pageant. He did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, said on Sunday that ‘the president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.’”
OK, the normal response would be to do full disclosure and downplay whatever happened, so we can expect anything but.
Easy way to make 5,000 Quatloos: Bet that Donald is going to blame leakers and go on a manhunt to deflect the blame and save uday / qusay (whichever one he is).
Special counsel Bob Mueller will be looking for intent, and Baby Trump just gave it to him, gift wrapped. So why they had this meeting, the ever-changing rational for the meeting, and the subsequent delays on (lack of) disclosure are all going to be part of Mueller’s case.
UPDATE 1: The Russian Lady that (allegedly) compromised the Trump Campaign? She’s a Russian mob lawyer.UPDATE 2: Obvious Anagram Reince Priebus says that there’s nothing to see here