More Lies from the Lying Liar in the White House

Ah, as far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer. It was a short meeting. It was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast. Two other people were in the room, they — I guess one of them left almost immediately and the other one was not really focused on the meeting.

I do think this: I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent. I've had many people — I have only been in politics for two years, but I've had many people call up — "Oh, gee, we have information on this factor or this person or, frankly, Hillary."

That's very standard in politics. Politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it's very standard where they have information and you take the information.

In the case of Don, he listened — I guess they talked about, as I see it, they talked about adoption and some things. Adoption wasn't even part of the campaign. But nothing happened from the meeting. Zero happened from the meeting. And honestly I think the press made a very big deal over something that really a lot of people would do.

Now, the lawyer that went to the meeting, I see that she was in the halls of Congress also. Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch. Now maybe that's wrong; I just heard that a little while ago, but I was a little surprised to hear that. So she was here because of Lynch.

Ah, so, again, I have a son who's a great young man. He's a fine person. He took a meeting with a lawyer from Russia. Ah, it lasted for a very short period, and nothing came of the meeting. And I think it's a meeting that most people in politics probably would have taken.
As far as I can tell, the only truthful thing that Trump said in the entirely of this statement is that "Politics is not the nicest business in the world." It might also be accurate that the meeting was short.

Otherwise, this is a colossal dump of obfuscation and straight-up lying — right down to his assertion that Don Trump Jr. is a "wonderful young man." HE IS NOT A YOUNG MAN AT ALL. Don Jr. will be 40 years old in December. He is exactly 10 days younger than Emmanuel Macron, the French president who was standing beside Trump on the stage as he referred to his adult son as a "young man."

Actually, yes, Natalia Veselnitskaya is a Kremlin-connected lawyer (even if technically not a "government lawyer). No, most people would not have taken that meeting. No, it is not "standard" in politics to collude with a foreign government to defeat an opponent. Yes, Lynch approved Veselnitskaya's entry to the U.S. No, Lynch did not approve Veselnitskaya's entry to the U.S. — the Department of Homeland Security did, though with the limited purpose of assisting a client, a Russian businessman whose company was defending itself in a federal Justice Department asset forfeiture case.

Even Trump's claim that he's "only been in politics for two years" is bullshit.

There is one important truth to be teased out of Trump's cacophonous mendacity: His son took the meeting with an agent of a foreign government for the express purpose of getting information on Hillary Clinton as part of an effort to defeat her.

That may not be precisely the textbook definition of treason, but, my god, it is breathtakingly close.

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