Curiouser and curiouser…
It’s not enough that Junior and company met with what they believed was a Russian government representative with information that might help their campaign, but now it seems that there was a Russian intelligence agent present.
Oh, begging pardon… A former Russian counterintelligence officer. He’s not involved in Russian intelligence anymore. He promised. Reuters reports:
Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, said he had talked with a person who came to the meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Trump aides.
“He told me specifically he was not working for the Russian government, and in fact laughed when I asked him that question,” Futerfas told NBC News. It was not immediately clear if the person he referred to was Akhmetshin.
Those of us who study deception know that laughter when asked such a question is a sure sign that the person is being forthright. Just kidding. One thing you can be absolutely certain of is that you can’t take a former Russian CI agent at his word when he promises that he doesn’t work for Russian intelligence anymore.
Reuters also reported, “The lawyer said Trump Jr. knew nothing about the man’s background at the time of the meeting. ” So that makes it fine, yeah? Well…
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign adviser Paul Manafort were also at the meeting, which Donald Trump Jr. agreed to attend because he believed he could get damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
I guess it’s not that fine, whether they knew anything about the former agent or not.
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Putin had dropped by.