The no no-denial denial?
Possum princess Elmira Gantry tells us that the latest revelation that the Clown Prince of the Orange Empire (Let’s sing it: Uday tomato and Qusay tomahto…) is a nothingburger, but the real problem is leaks (we won the claim chowder with that one, methinks):
“The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed,” she said.
Also from that same LATimes story is this handy reminder of members of the 4th Reich who have had to change their stories as more leaks keep dripping:
Other Trump associates who have needed to revise their accounts of meetings with Russians include Kushner, who acknowledged multiple meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with a banker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin; Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who admitted to failing to disclose two meetings with Kislyak; and Michael Flynn, the retired Army general who stepped down as national security advisor after admitting that he had made misleading statements about conversations with Kislyak.
One of the funniest nuggets to come out of this shit-show is the emergence of a new incompetent who brokered the meeting for Squiggy, a chappie who goes by the name Rob Goldstone, who is a publicist and former British tabloid reporter. Goldstone indicated in the email that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information.
And in keeping with the theme that the Trump Administration cannot do anything without shooting themselves in the foot, our putative Spy Who Loved Pee of course had to check in that he was meeting Trump:
Rob Goldstone, who set up the Trump Jr. Russia meeting, checked in to Trump Tower on Facebook at 3:57PM, the day of the meeting. pic.twitter.com/VQxKcBd9zq
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 11, 2017
And here is Squiggy’s official statement about the meeting:
In a statement on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance. “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 Ms. 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 law so enraged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he retaliated by halting 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.
I thought we were colluding to ratfck the Democratic candidate, and the presidential election in general, but then she started talking about getting the mobsters’ money back. Bitch set me up.
NBC has done us a favor (no, they have NOT fired Chuck Todd), but they have put together a timeline of sorts of what we know about the Russians rat-eff’ing us. (And just imagine what Mr. Mueller must already know!) It is illuminating, but it is only circumstantial:
- June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
- June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
- June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails
- July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
- July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
- July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
- July 25: Democratic convention begins
- July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: “If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”
- August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia’s interference. “[I] told him if you go down this road, it’s going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy,” Brennan said on “Meet the Press” yesterday.
- October 4: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
- October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
- October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta’s emails
- October 31: “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove,” Trump says on the campaign trail
- November 4: “Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks,” Trump says from Ohio.
“I don’t even know this bad hombre, what’s his name? Donald Trump Jr.,” the Russian Usurper did not bray nasally. “I mean, I could have met him. I meet a lot of people. Who knows?”