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Why Donald Trump Jr.’s emails change everything

I’ve often wondered what it felt like to live through Watergate what did the president know and when did he know it events have been rushing toward one seemingly inevitable conclusion the disorientation the confusion the feeling that you don’t know the truth but with each and every day that goes by knowing that you’re just worse than you would possibly imagined I think I know what it feels like now we are filling in a picture slowly that unfortunately makes a lot of sense think back to May when President Donald Trump fired FBI director Jim Comey why did he do that why did he put his whole administration at risk well he had an answer wasn’t his White House’s in his will answer but he had an answer when I decided to just do it I said to myself I said you know this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won but now it’s clear that story wasn’t made up and and what’s worse and what might explain Trump’s decision to fire call me to obstruct justice to risk his presidency is it that investigation branded the people he loves most in the world here’s what we learned this week on June 3rd 2016 Donald Trump jr. got an email is from a British publicist named Rob Goldstone who’s writing on behalf of a Russian businessman Aras Aguilera and his son and mean both of these folks had worked with Donald Trump senior on the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and they’d worked with him on other endeavors everyone wake up come on what’s wrong with you in the email with Donald Trump you know released on Twitter in order to get in front of the New York Times releasing it Goldstone says a few interesting things first he writes did our s the older Aguilera met with somebody calls Russia’s Crown prosecutor that’s a term that in other countries describes a lawyer who argues on behalf of the state now Crown prosecutor it doesn’t exist in Russia but just to be clear the sources later described as a Russian government attorney and what this person has is a pretty big deal they have put official documents and information that would incriminate her and they want to meet with Trump jr. and the company D’Acampo the most interesting part of the email though the one that leaves no shadow of doubt about what was happening here’s the last segment this whole thing the meeting with the lawyer by the incriminating documents is quote part of Russia and its government support for mr. Trump right there Donald Jr is told of the meeting it’s part of the Russian government’s effort to sway the American election to his debt and how does he respond if you go to the FBI to the ignore the email now minutes later he replies if it’s what you say I love it any four words the whole email threat to then campaign sure Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner they all go to this meeting with the Russian lawyer at Trump Tower so what does it tell us what do we learn here first we learned at Donald Trump jr. and Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort they all knew the Russian government wanted to elect Trump next it tells us all three of these men they were just open to working with the Russian government against Clinton’s campaign they were actively trying to do it they were taking meetings at a busy time in the campaign all three of them they were taking meetings to try to work with the Russian government that has not been a story until now are there any ties between mr. Trump you or your campaign and Putin in his regime no there are not it’s absurd it is no base to it and so no and whatsoever for everybody involved went from and anybody involved with Russia in the 2016 campaign no just to button up one question did any adviser or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who are trying to to meddle in the election well of course not now if Donald Trump says the Russian lawyer ended up having quote no meaningful information for them so his defense is basically he tried to clued with the Russian government to influence an American election but ah the Russian lawyer his didn’t have the goods so first that might not matter at a court of law the law says soliciting accepting tourists or receiving he solicited he accepted he maybe never received he violated the law but also remember Russia did end up hacking Democratic emails and releasing them in ways and apt times would help the Trump campaign we know about this meeting now which doesn’t seem to have been about females but we don’t have there are other meanings if there’s cooperation on other questions all we really know now is is the Trump campaign was open to they were actively working towards colluding with Russia to influence the election we also know that when they were told Russia was trying to help them they didn’t react to surprise or shock or fear they said yeah let’s take that meeting it’s always worth asking how people involved in in clear wrongdoing might have seemed like the hero of the story to themselves Trump and his family they bought in most fevered conspiracies about Clinton peace arguably the most corrupt politician that we’ve ever seen in this country right I mean there’s no question about it if Hillary Clinton were elected she’d be the first president who couldn’t pass a basic background check she’s a world-class liar and they likely believe there’s information crucial to American interests looking in her documents if they had obtained the emails or anything else and proven Clinton dangerously unfit to lead or reveal that foreign powers had more information or more leverage over American policymaking than we knew they would have done the country a great service or at least it’s easy to believe how they would see it that way what they were actually doing is working with a foreign government to influence an American election and that’s crossing a very serious line behind all this I wonder sometimes how hard is flawed Amir Putin laughing to us right now one theory of Russia’s involvement in the election is they never expected to elect Trump they just wanted to sow doubt in large institutions and in its years look out easily look how wildly they succeeded [Music] [Music]