Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Man of Mystery



Rob Szczerba (had some fun on Twitter the other day by speculating on the identity of the mysterious 8th person who attended the not-so-secret Donald Trump Jr meeting with a Russian lawyer back in June 2016.

Now I don't know about anyone else, but I think it's distinctly odd that a meeting which Donald Trump Jr now says was a waste of time could attract such a big bunch of highly important 'hombres' from the Trump campaign - including his campaign manager, Paul Manafort), son (Donnie Jr) and son-in-law (Jared Kushner).


    


Weighing the Evidence (13/07/17)



The Washington Post performed a great public service the other day by publishing the chain of emails which led to Donald Trump Jr organising a very high level meeting with someone he believed to be a 'Russian government lawyer'.

Now the meeting involved Paul Manafort (his father's campaign manager at the time) and his brother-in-law Jared Kushner who is now a very influential adviser to Donald Trump Sr in the White House.

Team Trump is now rubbishing this meeting by saying that nothing came out of it, but just look what effort went into its organisation and very soon afterwards, of course, Donald Trump Sr started tweeting about Hillary Clinton's 'missing' emails.

Coincidence or a case of people changing their stories after the event?

Read the email evidence and decide for yourself and remember that until very recently Donald Trump Jr was vehemently denying that such a meeting ever took place.

  


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-s-emails-about-meeting-a-russian-government-attorney-annotated/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.cb6e748d322b


Donald Trump Jr.’s full emails about meeting a ‘Russian government attorney,’ annotated

By Aaron Blake - The Washington Post

The Fix's Aaron Blake explains why Donald Trump Jr.'s decision to tweet out emails about a meeting with a Russian lawyer could end up being damaging.(Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

Donald Trump Jr. posted his full exchange with a publicist for a Russian pop musician to Twitter on Tuesday, and the emails confirm previous reports that Trump Jr. was offered compromising information about Hillary Clinton specifically from the Russian government. The emails also say flatly that the Kremlin was working to help elect his father — claims which Trump Jr., his father and the White House would deny for months afterward.

Some have suggested that they represent a smoking gun when it comes to collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. The White House denies there was any collusion.

The emails Trump Jr. tweeted are images. Below, we have typed them and reformatted them for ease of reading and put them in chronological order. We'll be annotating the key parts. To read an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text.


EMAIL NO. 1

On Jun 3, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Rob Goldstone wrote:


Good morning

Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.

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.


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.

Best

Rob Goldstone


This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 2

On Jun 3, 2016, at 10:53, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:


Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?

Best,

Don



Sent from my iPhone


EMAIL NO. 3


-----Original message-----

From: Rob Goldstone

Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 12:40 PM

To: Donald Trump Jr.

Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential


Hi Don

Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this

Hillary info
 – you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try

to schedule a time and day Best to you and family Rob Goldstone



This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 4


On Jun 6, 2016, at 15:03, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:


Rob could we speak now?

d



Donald J. Trump Jr.

Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions The Trump

Organization

725 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY | 10022

| trump.com



EMAIL NO. 5

-----Original message-----

From: Rob Goldstone

Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 3:37 PM

To: Donald Trump Jr.

Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential



Let me track him down in Moscow

What number he could call?



This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 6
On Jun 6, 2016, at 15:38, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:



My cell thanks

d



Donald J. Trump Jr.

Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions The Trump

Organization

725 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY | 10022

| trump.com



EMAIL NO. 7

On Jun 6, 2016, at 3:43 PM, Rob Goldstone wrote:



Ok he’s on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I

am sure can call Rob




This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 8

On June 6, 2016, at 16:38, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:



Rob thanks for the help.

D



Sent from an iPhone



EMAIL NO. 9

On Jun 7, 2016, at 4:20 PM, Rob Goldstone wrote:



Don

Hope all is well

Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday.
I believe you are aware of the meeting – and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you?

I assume it would be at your office.

Best

Rob Goldstone

This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 10

On Jun 7, 2016, at 5:16 PM, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:



How about 3 at our offices? Thanks rob appreciate you helping set it up.

D


Sent from my iPhone.



EMAIL NO. 11

On Jun 7, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Rob Goldstone wrote:



Perfect…I won’t sit in on the meeting, but will bring them at 3pm and introduce you etc.

I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today.


best

Rob



EMAIL NO. 12

On Jun 7, 2016, at 18:14, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me. 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.



Sent from my iPhone



EMAIL NO. 13

——-Original Message——-

From: Rob Goldstone



Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 10:34 AM

To: Donald Trump Jr.

Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential



Good morning

Would it be possible to move tomorrow meeting to 4pm as the Russian attorney is in court until 3 i was just informed.

Best,

Rob


This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 14

On June 8, 2016, at 11:15, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:



Yes Rob I could do that unless they wanted to do 3 today instead… just let me know and ill lock it in either way.

d



Donald J. Trump Jr.

Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions The Trump Organization

725 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY | 10022



| Trump.com



EMAIL NO. 15

——-Original Message——-

From: Rob Goldstone

Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:18 AM

To: Donald Trump Jr.

Subject: Re: Russia - Clinton - private and confidential



They can’t do today as she hasn’t landed yet from Moscow 4pm is great tomorrow.

Best

Rob



This iphone speaks many languages



EMAIL NO. 16

From: Donald Trump Jr.

Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 12:03 p.m

To: Jared Kushner; Paul Manafort

Subject: FW: Russia — Clinton - private and confidential



Meeting got moved to 4 tomorrow at my offices.



Best,

Don