Everywhere you look, Donald Trump, his family, and his associates are connected to Russia in one way or another.
Now we know that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, promised a Russian attorney he met with during the 2016 campaign that “if we come to power” he would help overturn a long-hated anti-corruption law –the Magnitsky Act — passed by Congress to punish Russia.
But the Magnitsky Act was far from the other matter discussed at that infamous meeting between Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Russia lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Bloomberg reports that Veselnitskaya told a Russian television station that during the meeting at Trump Tower in June of 2016, Trump Jr. said sanctions and other anti-Russian laws would be rescinded in return for damaging information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Specifically, Veselnitskaya said Junior told her:
“‘Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it. I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it.’”
During the same interview with Russian television, Veselnitskaya added that Trump Jr. also asked her to provide evidence that the Clinton campaign had accepted illegal donations connected to tax evasion. She noted that she didn’t have the evidence Trump was seeking and said overall the 20-minute meeting was “a failure.”
You may recall that Trump Junior has said on numerous occasions that his meeting with Veselnitskaya and a former member of the Russian intelligence service was merely to talk about allowing the adoption of Russian children in the United States, which had been put on hold by Russian president Vladimir Putin in response to passage of the Magnitsky Act.
This latest information suggests that one of the sealed indictments Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed in federal court last week probably has the name of Donald Trump Jr. on it.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org