Turns out Donald Trump, Jr.’s biggest crime wasn’t taking these photos.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Trump, Jr. met with a Russian attorney representing Kremlin interests. Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were also in on the meeting, which was previously undisclosed.
While Trump, Jr. initially said that the meeting was about adoption (a longer explanation of why that is false can be found here) the New York Times went back and found five sources that contradicted that explanation and said that, in fact, the meeting happened because Trump, Jr. was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The fact that they would meet with a foreign agent who promised damaging information is bad enough. But the explanation given by Trump, Jr. following this story not only admits that opposition research from a foreign government was a pretext for the meeting, but potentially incriminates himself by doing so.
He admitted he would’ve committed treason had the Russian lawyer in question offered meaningful information about Hillary Clinton. He admitted that he coordinated, in a meaningful way, with a foreign power on election related business. He admitted that other top-ranking individuals in the campaign, including the campaign manager, were in on the scheme.
It’s a stunning development in this saga. And a damning one for Donald Trump. I find it hard to believe that this meeting wasn’t taking place without his knowledge or permission.