Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, December 04, 2017

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.

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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.

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As Grandmother used to say, "...Well my, my, my".

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-03 09:28 AM | Reply

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

www.justsecurity.org

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.

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#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-03 10:07 AM | Reply

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."

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-03 10:09 AM | Reply

Trump on Don Jr: I hardly knew him. He just hung around the campaign and brought folks coffee.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-03 10:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I heard the only thing Junior was in charge of was the paper clip inventory.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-03 10:52 AM | Reply

Fake news again.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-03 03:58 PM | Reply

It was a NRA member, not the NRA.

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-03 04:09 PM | Reply

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?

#8 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-04 12:25 PM | Reply

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.

#9 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-12-04 12:36 PM | Reply

"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.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-04 01:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-04 01:29 PM | Reply

"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?

#12 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-04 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Curious, though, how is it that Jared Kushner still has his security clearance?

#13 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-04 03:14 PM | Reply

"Which became illegal once his administration began discussing foreign policy." - proof

#14 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-12-05 12:48 PM | Reply

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