Kremlin Denies Ties with Russian Lawyer Who Contacted Trump Jr

Henri Michaux
Juillet 14, 2017

In what could be construed as a criticism of his Democrat campaign rival Hillary Clinton, Trump said Putin would have been much happier if she had won and become president because she would not have spent as much on the US military as he plans to.

The new accusations against Clinton came shortly after Trump boldly said in an interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have preferred Clinton in office instead of him.

One of the president's personal lawyers, Mr Jay Sekulow, said yesterday that Mr Trump Jr's meeting was not a violation of the law and that the president was unaware of the meeting and the e-mails until recently.

Trump said in an interview on Wednesday that he had asked Putin if he was involved in Russian interference in the campaign.

The Kremlin has never been in touch with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met a group of US President Donald Trump's associates last year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

Goldstone's career as a music publicist led him to work with Emin Agalarov, the pop star son of a real estate rich man named Aras Agalarov, who, I shit you not, has been called the "Donald Trump of Russia".

According to McClatchy, investigators are specifically evaluating if the digital operation headed by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner directed Russian cyber operatives to particular voting jurisdictions in key states where support for Clinton was waning.

Here's the Goldstone kicker, in an email he sent to Donald Jr.: "I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first".

Mr Trump Jr, in a Fox News television interview later Tuesday, said: "In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently". But Trump takes things a step further here by suggesting - rather implausibly - that Putin in fact favored a President Clinton or at least didn't want a President Trump. Most are short of that and the target is not ironclad. When first confronted by The New York Times about the meeting with the Russian lawyer, he said it was only about the adoption by Americans of Russian babies.

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In 2015, intelligence agencies weren't sure what to make of the surveillance reports, which they viewed as vague and inconclusive, the current and former officials said. Several of the targeted states, such as Wisconsin and Michigan, helped him win the election. Trump has largely stayed on the sidelines of the policy negotiations on the measure but has still publicly pressed GOP senators to fulfill one of the party's central promises to voters.

As in the past, Trump said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

The Daily Beast dug up a 1989 Sydney Morning Herald article in which Goldstone says his favorite major sin to commit is gluttony.

"How is it plausible that nobody told then-candidate Trump about it?"

On Tuesday, however, with the Times ready to release the emails, Trump Jr. tweeted them out himself, revealing nearly every word he had said in his defense to be a lie or minimization.

A frequent traveler, Goldstone's social media presence is mostly lighthearted, with Facebook posts often featuring photos of the food he's eating at restaurants, friends he's spending evenings out with and scenic shots of his travels.

A congressional Republican, Chuck Grassley, has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking why she was allowed in the country when her permission to travel to the U.S. had expired in early 2016. Another 64 percent of Republicans said Russia didn't even interfere in the election. "I can't think of any more in all honesty".

SERGEI LAVROV, Foreign Minister, Russia (through interpreter): Today, I turned on the TV again, and all the Western channels are discussing only this.

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