It goes without saying that nobody in Donald Trump’s inner orbit, such as Donald Jr. or Jared Kushner, would have agreed to go to the now infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016 if they thought for a moment Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was going to natter on about adoptions. Transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that Junior and Jared went there for a “smoking gun” from Veselnitskaya on HIllary Clinton, nothing more, nothing less. Huffington Post:
“Jared Kushner, who is sitting next to me, appeared somewhat agitated by this and said, ‘I really have no idea what you’re talking about, could you please focus a bit more and maybe just start again?’” [Rob] Goldstone [British publicist who arranged the meeting] told the committee members.
“And I recall that she began the presentation exactly where she had begun it last time, almost word for word, which seemed, by his body language, to infuriate him even more,” Goldstone said of Kushner’s reaction.
Kushner previously said the meeting was a waste of his time.
“I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting,” Kushner said in a July 2017 statement to congressional committees.
As The Washington Post points out, it has become increasingly difficult to believe that Kushner ― or anyone else in Trump Sr.’s inner circle ― would have attended the meeting without the assumption that negative information about Clinton would be provided.
Interestingly, one of the contradictions that has come up in the transcripts is that Goldstone and Veselnitskaya both claim that Kushner was there for the entire meeting. His story is that he had a staffer call him and give him an excuse to leave after a few minutes. Wonder what that’s about?