aside Guess What? Manafort Kept Notes Of The 6/9/16 Trump Tower Meeting

PAUL MANAFORT/ NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA/ DONALD TRUMP JR.

Another shoe has dropped on the Trump-Russia saga being investigated by the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It appears that the republican President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort had kept some notes regarding the infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower Meeting which have become available.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 31, 2017, Ken Dilanian and Carol E. Lee of NBC News penned the following report, “Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Contain Cryptic Reference to ‘Donations.’

Excerpts:

“Paul Manafort’s notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included the word “donations,” near a reference to the Republican National Committee, two sources briefed on the evidence told NBC News.”

“The references, which have not been previously disclosed, elevated the significance of the June 2016 meeting for congressional investigators, who are focused on determining whether it included any discussion of donations from Russian sources to either the Trump campaign or the Republican Party.”

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“It is illegal for foreigners to donate to American elections. The meeting happened just as Trump had secured the Republican nomination for president. Manafort was the campaign chairman at the time.”

“Manafort’s notes, typed on a smart phone and described by one source briefed on the matter as cryptic, were turned over to the House and Senate intelligence committees and to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They contained the words “donations,” and “RNC” in close proximity, the sources said.”

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“Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told NBC News that “it is 100 percent false to suggest this meeting included any discussion of donations from Russian sources to either the Trump campaign or the Republican Party. Mr. Manafort provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with the facts and his notes so this speculation and conjecture is pointless and wrong.”

“As NBC News has reported, Mueller is closely scrutinizing the Trump Tower meeting, which was hosted by President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and was attended by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, along with Manafort.”

Image result for cartoons on Natalia VeselnitskayaThey gathered in an office to hear from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has represented clients with links to the Kremlin.”

“She was accompanied by Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, who testified recently before a grand jury in Washington, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.”

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“NBC News reported earlier this week that Mueller’s investigators are keenly focused on President Donald Trump’s role in crafting a response to the NY Times article that first disclosed the meeting.”

“The sources told NBC News that prosecutors want to know what Trump knew about the meeting and whether he sought to conceal its purpose.”

“The president dictated a statement sent out under the name of his son that was drafted aboard Air Force One, people familiar with the matter have said.”

“It described the 2016 meeting as “a short introductory meeting.”Image result for cartoons about june 9 2016 trump tower meeting

“I asked Jared and Paul to stop by,” the statement said. “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.”

“According to the NY Times, he added: “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.”

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“In fact, as subsequent emails and interviews revealed, the meeting was scheduled with a promise from a Russian oligarch to convey damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her campaign.”

“In a June 3, 2016, email, publicist Rob Goldstone told Trump Jr. that a Russian prosecutor had “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] … and would be very useful to your father.”

“Goldstone said he was representing Aras Agalarov, a Russian businessman with close ties to Vladimir Putin.”

“Trump Jr. responded, “[I]f it’s what you say, I love it.”

“Emails show that the following day, Goldstone and Trump Jr. began arranging the Trump Tower meeting.”

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“Veselnitskaya told NBC News that she did not provide any meaningful information about Clinton.”

“A person familiar with Mueller’s strategy said that whether or not Trump made a “knowingly false statement” is now of interest to prosecutors.”

“Even if Trump is not charged with a crime as a result of the statement, it could be useful to Mueller’s team to show Trump’s conduct to a jury that may be considering other charges,” the person said.”

7 comments

    • Dear David Prosser,

      We here in the USA are counting the days but we do see an end in sight. Mr. Mueller is going at top speed ahead. He gets it that this president can’t be gone soon enough.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. So far there’s nothing definitive, but if anyone can dig out the truth, it’s SC Mueller. We just need credible evidence linking Trump with Russia, my gut tells me the Russian banking connection is a good lead.

    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      My money is on Mr. Mueller finding the link. What he needs to demonstrate that DDT is a Russian asset, The experts on Russian spy-craft indicate that that one way that Russians turn a target is to get that person financially dependent on Russian monies. This should not be too difficult to do.

      Hugs, Gronda.

  2. Gronda, the story just on this one meeting (as a metaphor for the investigation) continues to build. Junior revealed the emails only five minutes before the news was planning to, Junior consistently changed his story on the meeting, Senior wrote Junior’s response, Senior also has consistently changed his story on knowledge of the meeting, and several interesting things happened around and just after the meeting.

    And, then there is other issues being investigated, where stories have changed. I am hard pressed to envision a guilt-free President and Presidential family and campaign on the Russian investigation. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      The president is acting like a guilty person. His own words and actions convict him and that’s before the evidence has been collected.

      By the time the inevitable happens, he will have mostly hung himself.

      Hugs, Gronda

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