Trump Team Turning on Each Other Already Even Though None of Them Charged with Crimes (Yet)
An under-reported aspect of Donald Trump Jr.’s mind-blowing decision to publish incriminating emails proving that his father’s presidential campaign worked closely with the Kremlin to defeat Hillary Clinton is the fact that the Trump team is already turning on itself even though none of them have been charged with a crime… yet.
The New York Times revealed today that Trump Jr.’s Saturday statement that his meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in Trump Tower in June 2016 was on the topic of adoption was actually crafted by the White House.
Then on Sunday, in response to a Times report Trump Jr. contradicted ‘his’ Saturday statement and admitted on Twitter that he attended the meeting hoping to gain damaging information (kompromat in Russian) on Clinton from this mysterious Russian lawyer.
Then on Tuesday, Trump Jr. released the email chains in which the meeting was scheduled after being advised to do so by his personal attorney to get ahead of the Times which notified Trump Jr. that it would soon publish the incriminating emails.
So Trump Jr. threw his dad — the president of the United States — and his father’s team under the bus in a clumsy and stupid attempt to hit back against negative news stories.
Then Trump Jr.’s lawyer decided it was in his client’s best interest to double down on that clumsy and stupid line of counter-attack by publishing the most incriminating evidence to date that the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to win the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who is now a White House advisor and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were part of those email chains and now face the same legal problems as Trump Jr; already there are calls to strip Kushner of his security clearance. In response to this self-inflicted catastrophe, Vice-President Pence issued a statement distancing himself from the trainwreck by noting that the events in question took place before he was on the ticket.
If you think the backstabbing among the Trump team and Trump family is bad now, wait until Special Counsel Robert Mueller starts handing down indictments and the incentive to betray is no longer positive news cycles but fewer years in prison.