Psst: I hope the mic is not hot
New Story, New Twist: Call to the outside media are coming from inside the White House — or near it, at least, or so it seems – the Q is: Why and from whom?
A remarkable set of facts about The New York Times Sunday (July 9) report of the meeting of a Kremlin-linked lawyer and Donald J. Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort is (1) “that the story was sourced to three advisers to the White House, (2) briefed to them about the meeting, and (3) also to two others with knowledge of it.”
Subsequently, the Times obtained Trump Jr.'s email exchange with the publicist Rob Goldstone to set up the meeting with the Russian lawyer.
FACTS: The Times cannot have gotten the emails from Goldstone. Why not?
• The Times knew that Trump Jr. had “forwarded the entire email chain to Jared Kushner's company work email
• Also, forwarded to Paul Manafort at his Trump campaign email address.
• Goldstone wasn't included on that forwarded mail (can be seen clearly from his own publication of the email chain on Twitter, but only after The Times called him for comment about it for their follow-up story.
Thus, five people in or around the White House have been spilling highly incriminating information to The Times about Don Jr.'s meeting via an email chain that only Kushner, Manafort, and Don Jr. had possession of, but they made their way to The Times. How is the key question? All this raises a bunch of other interesting questions, like:
1. Why are some people close to the White House trying to destroy Trump Jr?
2. People also acting in such a way that risks destroying the whole Trump presidency along the way.
3. Why the dribs and drabs of info in a manner designed to inflict maximum political damage?
4. And, is it a mere coincidence that this is happening right after the president's long meeting with Vladimir Putin?
Who knows for sure, but one can imagine that there must be some group of people in or around the administration who believe they stand to gain from these disclosures – again, why?
Some might say it's possible they're disclosing the info effort at “collusion themselves” for altruistic or patriotic reasons – but that seems very likely, so why?
Source is the Business Insider here.
More later I am sure.