Here's Why Donald Trump's Son Could Be About To Get Arrested
Things have gotten so much worse for Donald Trump. We almost feel sorry for the guy (… almost).
Trouble has been flying his way non-stop since he fired James Comey, and now it’s looking like his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. might be in a right pickle, thanks to his emails with Russia. A presidential impeachment has never been so close, and, ironically enough, it all kicked off because of some emails.
If you listen very closely, you might even be able to hear Hilary Clinton cackling somewhere in the distance.
So, what have the Trumps done now?
Well, a couple days ago, Donald Trump Jr. released his own emails on Twitter. According to the NY Times, he released them because he heard that they were working on a story about him, and thought it would be better to jump the gun and beat them to it by releasing them himself.
Donald Trump Jr. made a statement claiming, however, that he was releasing them to be ‘transparent‘:
“To everyone, in order to be totally transparent, I am releasing the entire email chain of my emails with Rob Goldstone about the meeting on June 9, 2016.”
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
The problem is that those emails are pretty self-incriminating. They revealed that, during the Presidential elections last year, he received an email from a Russian music promoter (yes, really), who offered him some documents that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” The email went on to say.
In response, Donald Trump Jr. wrote: ‘If it’s what you say, I love it – especially later in the summer‘.
After this exchange, Donald Trump Jr. shortly met with a Russian lawyer (who apparently has strong links to Putin) named Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower. His brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, the campaign’s chairman, were also present at this meeting. It is still unclear what was discussed between them, but Donald Trump Jr. has stated that “it was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”
According to many media outlets, this is a huge deal. Whilst it is not known whether Russia had anything to offer at all (Donald Trump Jr. has said that he thought it was ‘political opposition research‘), one thing that many are concerned about is Donald Trump Jr.’s clear willingness to co-operate with Russia in order to get his father into the White House.
In an interview with Fox News, Donald Jr. defended his actions by saying: “Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly.”
But CNN (aka. Trump’s best friends) have pointed out: “Getting an email is one thing. Quickly responding to it to set up a phone call or a meeting is another. The first is passive. Someone sends you an email. The second is active. You act on the email, setting up a meeting to get the information. Two very different things.”
The White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, called the whole situation a “big nothing burger” (really interesting choice of words there, Reince) and many other Republican officials have claimed that the emails are harmless. Donald Trump himself even commended his son for his transparency, and later called him a ‘high quality person‘.
Despite many Republicans’ attempts to downplay the emails, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have announced that they wanted Trump Jr. to testify under oath, which he said he would be willing to do, if called.
So, could Donald Trump Jr. actually be arrested as a result of this situation? Possibly.
It is a crime to “solicit (try to obtain) anything of value from a foreign national for a campaign“, which falls near the lines of what happened with those emails. However, whether Trump. Jr received anything of value is unknown, and he has stated on multiple occasions that the meeting was a waste of time.
Another problem is that Trump Jr. didn’t actually go out of his way to contact the Russians for these supposed documents. They made the first move (as the emails show us), and he accepted their offer. However, he was more than eager to meet with the Russian lawyer, and even said that “he loved it“. That could be seen as soliciting, depending on how you interpret it.
With all this aside, the strangest thing about this case is the kind of characters involved. The music promoter who initiated the emails and put Trump Jr. in contact with the lawyer in a meeting is a British-born former tabloid reporter by the name of Rob Goldstone, who, according to his Instagram, has made multiple visits to Russia since 2013 and has even referred to Moscow as his second home.
One of his clients is a singer named Emin Agalarov (although he goes by his first name only, kind of like Beyonce), and in 2013, Donald Trump appeared in one of his music videos. Emin is the son of one of the richest men in Russia, a real estate mogul who is reportedly quite chummy with Putin. The 37-year-old singer has a style that some might compare to Michael Buble, and has even previously competed in Eurovision.
Emin’s friendship with Trump dates all the way back to 2013, when Aras Agalarov (Emin’s super-rich father) paid Trump a whole lot of money to fly his Miss Universe contestants to Moscow for a music video. Rob Goldstone (the guy who sent the emails) has worked as a publicist for the Agalarov family, and some have said that he allegedly sent the emails on their order.
In other words, they really wanted Trump to be the next President of the United States.
More people than ever are now adamant that Trump must be impeached, and if that does end up happening – it might end up being because of his son’s emails. It’s ironic, because some claim that the only reason why Donald Trump won the election last year is because of Hilary’s leaked emails.
Well, what can you say? As Trevor Noah recently said – the emails giveth, and the emails shall taketh away ...
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 12, 2017
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