Steve Bannon appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of its Russia inquiry. During his testimony, the White House, reportedly, decided what questions Bannon should, or shouldn’t, answer. The one that slipped through was Bannon’s admission that he had spoken to Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and legal spokesman Mark Corallo, about Donald Trump Jr.’s confounding campaign meeting in Trump Tower, with Russian actors, about the adoption of orphans –code for lifting sanctions.
Michael Flynn copped so everyone can intuit what’s coming. The tearful dodger, just before Marine One lifts off from the South Lawn this one last time with him aboard, weeps about how it was all done for the forgotten ones, the poor, the meek, the mild, the humble, and, those in need of a savior, a benevolent dictator, now fallen from grace. GoFundMe campaigns will spring up like wildflowers after a Spring rain, to help poor Mr. Trump rebuild from the ashes of a torched brand. Melania, lovely, as always, will stand by her husband wearing signature sunglasses and show stoic grace, if no tears, at the end of the greatest heist in American history.
In the past week, there has been a cottage industry developing, lead by Donald Trump and Fox News, accusing the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton of colluding with the Russians because they funded the now-infamous Steele dossier. Yet, these accusers are silent or claim not to be bothered when it comes to the events related to Donald Trump Jr and that now infamous Trump tower meeting.
Time magazine ran a front-page photo of a saint-like Jared Kushner the week of June 1, 2017, identifying him as “The Good Son.” When it published a cover with Donald Trump Jr., the identifier was “Caught Red Handed,” with a dark, moody, picture that resembled a mobster’s mug shot. The disparate treatment was extreme, though Kushner, so far, is unlikely to bring the Administration down.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary has confirmed an article on Monday by the Washington Post article that Donald Trump “weighed in” on Donald Trump Jr.’s response to the New York Times article about the July 2016 meeting with the Russian attorney.
If Donald Trump Jr., the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner possibly violated federal campaign law, what about the democrats regarding the information it obtained from Ukraine and the now infamous Steele Dossier? Aren't those campaign violations too? And what about free speech? Shouldn't the defense of the first amendment prime any claim of wrongdoing?
There's a growing discussion and debate over whether Donald Trump Jr. and Team Trump violated federal campaign financing law when it met with the Russians at Trump Tower on June 9th. One of those people and organizations who claim that the federal campaign law was broken is Common Cause, the non-partisan watch dog organization which filed a complaint last week. On Monday, Bayoubuzz Publisher and attorney, Stephen Sabludowsky interviewed the VP of Policy and Litigation Paul Seamus Ryan to determine the basis for the complaint and amended complaint. Below is part one of that interview and video which picks up with the purpose of the legal action:
Aside from all of the 24/7 media buzz over an ever-changing narrative by Donald Trump Jr. and the White House, are there any legal consequences from the recent disclosure of the June 9, 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney at Trump Towers?
The Donald Trump Jr. mystery is becoming as clear as Russian borscht.
Initially Trump Jr. said there were four people in the room when he, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. He then changed his story a few times about the purpose of the meeting. He declared he was being transparent by releasing the email string that set up the meeting with the Russian attorney. Oops. We later find out that the NY Times announced that it had given Donald Jr. a notice that it would be publishing the same emails.
Was Donald Trump Jr. a stooge, naieve or dumb? However unlikely, he’s at the center of another previously undeclared meeting between members of the President’s circle and yet another Russian, as disclosed a few days ago. This time it wasn’t the Russian ambassador, a top flight banker or industrialist. It was Natalia Veselnitskaya who, about then, was trying a money laundering case in the Southern District of New York, the President’s home turf. Veselnitskaya, with whom Don Jr. was asked to meet, was represented to be a Russian government lawyer.