This weekend’s Donald Trump Jr. soap opera isn’t over yet.
After breaking the story over the weekend that the President’s son met with a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin in August of 2016, the New York Times is reporting late tonight that Donald Trump Jr. “was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.”
“The email to the younger Mr. Trump,” the report continues, “was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.”
The White House and their allies in the pro-Trump media have been in full spin mode trying to control the damage – but it hasn’t been working. Don Jr.’s admission, that he, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort took the meeting precisely because they expected to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton, has only made a bad situation worse.
Now the news of this email further complicates their already struggling defense because it removes any lingering doubt that Don Jr. and the Trump campaign knew exactly who they were meeting with, and how connected she was.
“Mr. Goldstone’s message, as described to The New York Times by the three people, indicates that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information.”
He’s all out of excuses, and the President needs a new excuse.