Thursday, July 13, 2017

What did the president know? And when?

The big question now hanging over the White House is:  Did the president know about Don Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer?  When did he know it?    Don Jr. says he didn't tell him;  staff have said the president didn't know.  That's hard to believe, with the real significance they obviously gave it.  So is there any evidence?  HuffPost  reporter Nick Visser says follow the time line.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016:   Don Jr. agreed to meet Russian attorney on Thurs, June 9th to get dirt on Hillary.  Just hours after Don Jr arranged this meeting, Trump told a campaign crowd:  “I'm going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week. . . [to discuss] 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."

Thursday, June 9, 2016:   Planned meeting took place.  According to Don Jr.'s emails, what the attorney had about Hillary "amounted to nothing" and wasn't the real agenda.   But is that true?  That lie may be part of the cover-up.

Monday, June 13, 2016:   The day Trump had promised his anti-Clinton revelation.   Nothing.   Instead, he talked about national security and again promised damning information about Clinton at a later date.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016:   [amended with more details]:   Two days later, a hacker, who called himself Guccifer 2.0, began releasing emails stolen from the DNC.  One week after that, Wikileaks began releasing the material in big batches.   Our Intelligence Community unanimously agrees that Russia was behind the hacking.

Now let's see a show of hands:   How many people still believe that Don Jr. did not tell his father?  That Trump knew about it when he made the promise to reveal the dirt "probably Monday"?   And then the plan changed, maybe during that meeting:   instead of giving it to the Trump campaign to use, they would have it released on Wikileaks?  Sounds like a suggestion that might have come from Manafort or Kushner.  How many people still believe that what the attorney had to say "amounted to nothing"?


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