In an effort to be transparent, and I guess because he thought it might be helpful (or because he knew the emails would come out anyway), Donald Trump Jr. has posted the email chain showing that he sought information from the Russians about Hillary Clinton. You can read them:
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
Here is page 4 (which did not post due to space constraints). pic.twitter.com/z1Xi4nr2gq— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
Oh child. You stupid, stupid man. You think this helps? Bless your poor stupid heart.
First of all, yes: He published them only because the Times was about to.
Confirmed from an NYT source: "We were preparing to publish" story — Don Jr. camp "asked for more time" to comment "and then pre-empted us"— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 11, 2017
Second, here are the crucial bits:
— Subject Line: “FW- Russia - Clinton - private and confidential”.
— “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 is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
— Donald Trump Jr. on the Clinton dirt: “If it’s what you say I love it.”
— Goldstone: “I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive…”
— Junior forwarded the email to Kushner and Manafort.
“It does not help their case that you have a very specific operational instance where the campaign decided it was prepared to welcome assistance from a Russian source,” said Bauer, who has previously argued in a series of posts that the law prohibits cooperation with foreign nationals to influence a U.S. election. “You are not permitted to solicit or accept anything of value from a foreign national to influence an election. You cannot enter into a conspiracy with a foreign national to influence an election.”
Don Jr. Today pic.twitter.com/6vj9pBLanq— Shane (@shandrick) July 11, 2017
So now, all that’s left is to prove that Junior’s dad was aware that this meeting was set up by the Russian government, and bing, bang, boom: Bob’s your Uncle.
The one person we can feel sorry for here? The NYTimes reporter:
I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
I tracked down sources. Followed so many dead leads. Labored over this. And then, he just, you know, tweeted out the proof.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
Like. I spent hours and days and weeks and months. And his son just, hit tweet.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017