REPORT: Donald Trump Jr. Blames Russian Meeting on Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Jr. is running out of excuses

The 2016 presidential election seems so far away now, but its effects have not left us. Under the Trump presidency, we have seen numerous actions initiated that have regressed the country back after decades of progressive work, including the military transgender ban, proposed budget cuts to FEMA, and now the recent ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

And yet, none of these reactionary initiatives can quite add up to the biggest crime of all: attacking our Democracy. The United States does not have a perfect electoral system, but it does give citizens a large voice in their government. Unfortunately, by having close associations with the Russians and repeatedly praising President Vladimir Putin during the campaign trail, Trump positioned himself as someone that was willing to do anything in order to win the presidency.

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On the June 30, 2017 episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” counterterrorism and cybersecurity expert Richard A. Clarke stated that Russian hackers created tens of thousands of fake social media accounts in order to wage a psychological campaign in swing states that would sway voters to support Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. This was confirmed by yesterday’s report from The Washington Post that Facebook had sold $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian “troll farm” that pushed propaganda at targeted individuals.

As readers may be aware, all of this is being taken into account with Robert Mueller’s investigation. Hired by congress to conduct an independent probe into possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian officials, Mueller’s Special Counsel team has spent the past few months gathering evidence to mount in the final report. One of these pieces of evidence is a meeting the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., had with Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin on June 9, 2016. While details have been partially kept under wraps, emails leaked reveal that Trump Jr. did the meeting for the purposes of gaining dirt on Clinton.

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Now, however, that may not be the case. While standing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump Jr. clarified the reasons behind his decision to collude with Russians officials, stating that it had to do with learning about Clinton’s “fitness” as a candidate:

“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out. Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”

It is almost as if the mainstream media in the US was not doing a good enough job reporting on Hillary Clinton’s health and qualifications as a potential President. The excuses and lies from the entire Trump family are starting to run dry, and pretty soon they will be left with nothing.

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