Do Trump’s Enemies Finally Have Their Smoking Gun?

The latest twist to the Russia affair foretells legal trouble for the president and the president’s men.

President Trump’s enemies think they have found the smoking gun—or at least some telltale powder residue. The New York Times reports that not only did Donald Trump Jr. meet with “a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin” during last year’s campaign, but that Trump fils knew that the meeting was part of a Russian effort to help his father’s campaign by supplying dirt on Hillary Clinton. This contradicts Trump Jr.’s account of the meeting, which he said was about international adoptions and the Magnitsky Act. Vox News and other liberal outlets have readily speculated that Trump Jr. may have committed a federal crime by seeking to obtain an in-kind campaign contribution—information—from a foreign source.

Trump Jr. insists he learned nothing about Clinton from the meeting, which did in fact focus mostly on adoptions. The Magnitsky sanctions against Russian officials certainly have been an acute irritation to Moscow; it takes no feat of imagination to conceive of a go-between for the Kremlin making Magnitsky matters a prime topic of discussion. So can anyone prove that there’s more to the story? By itself, the meeting is not much more incriminating than Trump père’s explicit calls during the campaign for Russia to release Clinton’s private-server emails. (“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’ll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” candidate Trump said last July 27. “I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”)

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