A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia told a Trump campaign adviser last year that he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, according to an email sent to the Trump campaign. A May 2016 email to the campaign adviser, Rick Dearborn, bore the subject line "Kremlin Connection." In it, the NRA member said he wanted the advice of Dearborn and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, then a foreign policy adviser to Trump and Dearborn's longtime boss, about how to proceed in connecting the two leaders.
Russia, he wrote, was "quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the U.S." and would attempt to use the NRA's annual convention in Louisville, Ky., to make "'first contact.'" The email, which was among a trove of campaign-related documents turned over to investigators on Capitol Hill, was described in detail to The New York Times. ...
Intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia, on orders from the highest levels of its government, undertook a sophisticated campaign to hack Democratic computers, spread propaganda and undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. The repeated outreach around the NRA convention, where Trump accepted the group's endorsement, came just weeks after a self-described intermediary for the Russian government told George Papadopoulos, a campaign aide, that the Russians had "dirt" on Clinton. And just weeks later, the president's eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about the would-be Democratic nominee.
Ryan Goodman @rgoodman
1. In important breaking story ("Operative Offered Trump Campaign Kremlin Connection' Using N.R.A. Ties") NYT once again fails to report evidence that Don Jr did end up meeting with Torshin
My earlier piece:
What You Could Not Learn from NYT and WSJ on Kushner's "Russian Backdoor" Email
4 Other news reported evidence of Torshin meeting with Don Jr:
NBC (@KenDilanianNBC @carolelee): "Torshin was seated with the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., during a private dinner on the sidelines of a May 2016 NRA event ...according to an account Torshin gave to Bloomberg"
5. EVEN Don Jr.'s lawyer has admitted Don Jr. met the Russian emissary Torshin at the NRA dinner and through a mutual contact (but says they sat separately).
NBC (and others) reported that too.
NYT today doesn't.
9. With great respect for the editors and journalists at NYT (@npfandos @mattapuzzo @adamgoldmanNYT @AllMattNYT), the Times reporting is missing a key piece of the Torshin overture that readers should be told about.
Also from Goodman:
7. Spain's @el_pais reported in April '17:
"Torshin had fleeting contact with the future president, who only went so far as to shake his hand. With his son, Donald Trump Jr., things went further: he sat by his side during a private dinner in a restaurant in Kentucky."
It was a NRA member, not the NRA.
#7 | POSTED BY SNIPER
Um, yes, we can read. What's your point?
"A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia"
the not Fake News (Fake News is a network that endorses child molesters and gives away Keurigs) also states that the NRA convention would be the location of their meeting.
What's fake about any of that?
Wow, Russians trying to meet with the potential president elect of the most powerful country in the world. What a shocker! And btw, why are you haters even bringing this up? It shouldn't matter, according to you, Trump was already having secret meetings with Putin. The NYT and the Washington Post plays you like a fiddle.
"Wow, Russians trying to meet with the potential president elect of the most powerful country in the world. What a shocker!"
Meeting with a Russian is not a crime.
Meeting with Russians and then lying and saying you never met with Russians on your security clearance forms and to Congress are all crimes.
Wow, Russians trying to meet with the potential president elect of the most powerful country in the world. What a shocker!
#9 | POSTED BY FISHPAW
The problem isn't the Russians reaching out to trump, the problem is that trump reached out to the russians. Which became illegal once his administration began discussing foreign policy.
"What a shocker!"
If so innocent, feel free to explain why there have been roughly ten folks telling over three dozen provable lies, all about Russia?
And while I have your attention, how does it feel knowing the entire Trump team was lying to you, and expecting you fall for it?
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