Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA) told CNN over the weekend that the committee wants to hear from Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. about their meeting with a Russia attorney with links to the Kremlin.
Schiff believes that meeting was about influencing policy and lifting sanctions and thinks everyone attending should meet with the House Intelligence Committee:
“You know, I think we’re going to want to question everyone who was at that meeting about what was discussed. You know, by trying to frame it as being about adoptions ignores what it sounds like the meeting may have really been about, and that is the Magnitsky Act,, and that is legislation, very powerful legislation that goes against Russian human rights abusers, so if this was an effort to do away with that sanctions policy, that is obviously very significant.”
The pieces are starting to fall into place. If Donald Trump and his team agreed to lift sanctions and steer policy in a pro-Russia direction in exchange for Russia’s help winning the White House, then that is collusion and impeachment procedures should begin immediately.
Trump Jr. didn’t do his dad any favors when he may have accidentally admitted to the collusion as an explosive New York Times report reveals:
In a statement on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The law so enraged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children.
“It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Mr. Trump said.
Read that last part again: “the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Trump Jr. confirmed that he went into the meeting expecting to receive information from the Russian lawyer that could hurt Clinton. That is a breathtaking admission.
Daddy Trump has already claimed he didn’t know about the meeting, of course, because that’s what he does. He throws people under the bus. Even his own children.
Could this report finally be the beginning of the end? Let’s hope so.