Collusion for dummies

Collusion for dummies

by digby


Released in a tranche of documents by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, the release of this email in particular is likely to further ignite already-existing inquiries into the younger Trump’s knowledge of alleged Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 campaign during the presidential election held that same year.

The sender of the email in question is redacted. The email was sent to and apparently received by Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, a native of the Republic of Georgia and an employee of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov. Kaveladze was previously interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over his attendance at the June 9, 2016 meeting.

Aside from Trump Jr.,Veselnitskaya and Kaveladze, the other participants at that meeting included: eventual presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Trump 2016 campaign chair Paul Manafort, Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, publicist Rob Goldstone and a Russian translator.

The email was sent on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 8:50 a.m. and was addressed to “Ike Kaveladze.” The subject line reads: “dt jr”–an obvious reference to Donald Trump Jr.

The email also contains an attachment of a PDF file apparently containing a screenshot of a JPEG image. The controversial email reads, in full:

"Why did he release this e-mail admitting to collusion?"


Whoever it was had it right. Junior colluded when he agreed to the meeting, said "I love it" an talked about how it would be useful to release it later in the summer.

This really was the smoking gun on collusion. The problem is that in America the Republican Party has decided that Donald Trump working with a foreign government to sabotage Hillary Clinton was a-ok. More than ok. It was virtuous. The crime was anyone in the federal government investigating it instead of putting all of its resources into locking her up for having a private email server.