Did Don Jr. Admit To Colluding With Russia Before Infamous Trump Tower Meeting?
Few possible instances of Trump-Russia collusion have invited as much speculation as a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney and her associates. The general consensus is that the meeting was designed by the Russians to see if the Trump campaign was open to collusion and to plot out future meetings. This is probably not true.
Collusion of some sort was almost certainly happening before the meeting as evidenced by Donald Trump Jr.’s lack of curiosity when told about Russian meddling. From the New York Times article that broke the story, the third and fourth paragraphs are included below:
"If the future president’s eldest son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material — or the notion that it was part of a continuing effort by the Russian government to aid his father’s campaign — he gave no indication.
He replied within minutes: 'If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.'"
The fact that he had no questions about the “effort” probably means that he was aware of at least some of the details. After all if you were applying to a job at Wal-Mart and you heard from a friend that there was an effort by Amazon to help you land the job, you’d wonder what’s going on and ask your friend, unless you already knew.
Furthermore, Paul Manafort and his close business associate, Konstantin Kalinick, met before the Trump Tower meeting to discuss two things. According to leaked messages, they discussed the U.S. presidential election and paying back a Russian oligarch (Oleg Deripaska) whom they defrauded. Kalinick is also according to Robert Mueller a long time GRU agent. If the campaign manager was meeting with his friend in Russian intelligence prior to the Trump Tower meeting, it is likely that some talks about collusion took place and possibly initiated before the infamous meeting. At this point Don Jr.’s emails appear to be a confession.