Don’t Be Fooled: Donald Trump – Not His Son – Is The Real Culprit Behind The Russia Scandal
This week, thanks to great reporting by The New York Times, a new character from the fraudulent Trump family has emerged as a central figure in the unfolding Russia scandal enveloping the White House: Donald Trump Jr.
Along Don Jr, other players, Russian lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya and rotund music promoter Rob Goldstone, were thrown into the spotlight.
Then, there is the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who accompanied Trump Jr to the June meeting with the Russian lawyer to gather damaging goods on Hillary Clinton.
Yes, this is all wicked and titillating stuff, but it diverts us from the real issue at the heart of the Russia scandal: what did the president know and when did he know it?
From the initial revelation that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with Russian officials and tried to cover it up, that question keeps getting overlooked.
Why would Flynn have initiated these meetings on his own? Surely, someone else must have deputized him to be the emissary between Russia and the campaign. All indications point to President Trump.
It’s simply ridiculous that such a deeply corrupt and grand bargain, had it been made, could have been struck without the express knowledge and direction of Donald J Trump.
Similarly, it strains credulity that Kushner, a complete neophyte in foreign diplomacy, would have undertaken on his own the setting up of a secure back-channel to the Russians. Who suggested he do so? And Jr?
Certainly, Kushner’s security clearance should be immediately revoked. His high-priced defense lawyers, Jamie Gorelick and Abbe Lowell, have their work cut out for them in shielding Kushner from prosecution for lying on federal forms or violating federal campaign laws as a top member of the Trump campaign.
President Trump says he did not know about his son’s tete a tete with the Russian lawyer, but surely he knew the Russians were lobbying to relax the sanctions, including the Magnitsky Act. His son-in-law would never have attempted his back-room pirouettes without his father-in-law’s express blessings.
Let’s remember that the Russians all had something they desperately wanted and needed out of the new Trump administration: the lifting of US sanctions against the outlaw state for its Crimean and Ukrainian land grabs. Isn’t it clear that this scandal is about a quid pro quo: Russian help to elect Donald Trump so that he could free his friends from the bonds of the sanctions.
Anyone who has watched the Trump family dynamics knows that the sons, son-in-law, and Ivanka’s clout and success in the business and political worlds are completely dependent on Donald Trump. The senior Trump was also Michael Flynn’s ticket back to power after being fired by President Obama. Not one of them would have endangered their status with Donald Trump by engaging with the Russians without his knowledge and approval.
Even before Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, Trump Jr gushed about “all the Russian money pouring in” for New York real estate. But the timing of their meetings – right after Trump clinched the Republican nomination and right before he took office – suggests politics, not business, was the subject at hand.
Therefore, Donald Trump’s direct role in polluting and subverting the 2016 election must not remain a mystery.
The relatives who fill the rooms in Donald Trump’s White House may be culpable, too, but they distract from the real person of interest: President Donald J Trump.