We are starting to worry about this plague of amnesia in Trumpland! It seems especially acute regarding all things Russian. We consulted Dr. Google, and he suggested the President’s team start taking these Russian memory supplements to prepare for their meetings with Robert Mueller.
It’s a special formulation “developed in 1982 by a research team from the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow,” which sounds about as legit as Jared Kushner’s selective memory loss. So, drink up, Boychik!
Yesterday, the New York Times reported another Russian meeting that silly Jared forgot to mention on his security clearance disclosure forms. Ooopsie! It seems in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. sat down for a casual chat at Trump Tower with a lawyer for the Kremlin and “asked Jared and Paul [Manafort] to stop by.” Just the presidential candidate’s son, son-in-law, campaign manager, and a Russian fixer. As one does in the middle of a presidential campaign.
The meeting was with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with longstanding ties to the Kremlin and Russian oligarchs.
Donny Jr. has always maintained that there were no connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
Donald Trump Jr. had denied participating in any campaign-related meetings with Russian nationals when he was interviewed by The Times in March. “Did I meet with people that were Russian? I’m sure, I’m sure I did,” he said. “But none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form.”
Asked at that time whether he had ever discussed government policies related to Russia, the younger Mr. Trump replied, “A hundred percent no.”
Yesterday the New York Times contacted Jr, at which point he remembered that he had met with Veselnitskaya. But he did it for the children!
“We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.”
UH HUH. Actually, DJ, we believe you on this one. Well, kind of.
In 2012, the Obama administration enacted a program of human rights sanctions against Russia known as the Magnitsky Act. In retaliation, Vladimir Putin barred Americans from adopting children from Russia.
Under the law, some 44 Russian citizens have been put on a list that allows the United States to seize their American assets and deny them visas. The United States asserts that many of them are connected to fraud exposed by Mr. Magnitsky, who after being jailed for more than a year was found dead in his cell. A Russian human rights panel found that he had been assaulted. To critics of Mr. Putin, Mr. Magnitsky, in death, became a symbol of corruption and brutality in the Russian state.
An infuriated Mr. Putin has called the law an “outrageous act,” and, in addition to banning American adoptions, compiled what became known as an “anti-Magnitsky” blacklist of United States citizens.
Ms. Veselnitskaya has spearheaded efforts to get the Magnitsky Act repealed. So it may well be that DJ, Kush and Paulie Walnuts were chatting her up about Russian adoption policy. But we are pretty sure that the conversation went something like, “Repeal those sanctions and you can have all the pretty, white babies you want.” Like we said, we kind of believe you, Junior!
Caught in yet another lie, the Trump spin machine whirred into action with its trademark professionalism. THE BITCH SET ME UP, they shouted. Although which bitch they weren’t entirely clear.
Is Velnitskaya the bitch? Did she trick poor Donald Trump Jr. into meeting with her?
“I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
Damn you, dastardly “acquaintance”! Fooling three grownass professional men into hosting a meeting in their own office. To talk about an unknown topic. Unrelated to the campaign. With a person whose name they didn’t even know.
Or, wait! Is the bitch Hillary Clinton? OMG, it’s totally Hillary Clinton!
Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump’s most excellent lawyer Marc Kasowitz, confirmed to NBC that Team Trump’s plan is to lay this one the Clinton campaign.
“We have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which, according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier. These developments raise serious issues as to exactly who authorized and participated in any effort by Russian nationals to influence our election in any manner.”
WAIT, WHAT? Is he trying to suggest that Hillary Clinton was the one colluding with the Russians to hack our elections? They got balls! You gotta give ’em that!
Regular Wonketteers will remember that Christopher Steele was originally hired by Republican operatives to do research into all Poppy Trump’s shady shit, and Democratic backers only took over the project after Republicans said they didn’t want to hear any more about Trump’s ALLEGED collusion and ALLEGED pee hookers because EWWWWWWWW. Remember this fine Wonkette story from January about how Christopher Steele continued screaming about Donald Trump being totally kompromatted, only the FBI was too busy with BUT HER EMAILS?
You see, when Steele was brought to work for the firm Fusion GPS — which had been hired to do oppo research for Trump’s Republican primary challengers, and was subsequently hired by Democrats — he started also giving intelligence to the FBI and MI6, where he used to work, because he viewed what he was learning as a “national security threat for both countries,” as The Independent reports.
But the FBI kept cock-blocking him, because it was too busy rage-shitting all over Hillary Clinton.
So, now Trumpworld would like you to please ignore their lies about meeting with Kremlin operatives to sell out human rights activists. Because they were only doing it for the children. And they were set up. And somethingsomething associated with Democrats ipso facto HILLARY CLINTON. Okay? We’re all good here?
This Russia shit does not stop for the weekend! And neither does Wonkette! You tip us now, Comrade!