After the ‘smoking gun’ emails, video footage now shows Donald Trump’s links to the people involved [VIDEO]

Donal Trump
Tom Coburg

An eminent law professor has described emails released by Donald Trump Jr as the “proverbial smoking gun”. And now, a video has emerged that provides a direct link between the US President and people named in the emails.

The Trump video

Archival video footage has now emerged of Trump dining with key figures involved in his son’s controversial email exchange. Reportedly shot in Las Vegas in 2013, it shows Trump sitting down with members of an Azerbaijani-Russian family – the Agalarovs,. The family would later offer information on Trump’s presidential election opponent, Hillary Clinton, to his son.

The Agalarovs hosted Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. And Trump appeared in one of Emin Agalarov’s music videos. Also present is publicist Rob Goldstone, who went on to reach out to the Trump family about the Clinton information.

The “smoking gun” emails

Donald Trump Jr released a series of emails on Twitter after hearing that they were the subject of a story which The New York Times planned to publish. And WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange subsequently tweeted that he had advised Trump Jr to publish the emails in full.

The emails are between Trump Jr and Goldstone. The latter arranged the meeting between Trump Jr and Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on behalf of Emin and Aras Agalarov.

In one of the emails to Trump Jr, Goldstone offered incriminating material on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which would “be very useful to your father”. Trump Jr immediately replied “I love it”. The email added: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump.”

Criminal conspiracy?

Distinguished Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe said that these emails proved Trump Jr was part of a “criminal conspiracy to violate [federal criminal] laws banning foreign aid to any US campaign”.

The statute that Trump Jr may have violated is 52 USC 30121, 36 USC 510, which states:

A foreign national shall not, directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value, or expressly or implied promise to make a contribution or a donation, in connection with any Federal, State, or local election… No person shall knowingly solicit, accept, or receive from a foreign national any contribution or donation prohibited by [this law].

Former White House counsel Bob Bauer commented:

Those statements [in the emails] show intent — a clear-cut willingness to have Russian support — and they reveal specific actions undertaken to obtain it.

It is possible that other laws were broken too, such as the laws against coordinating with a foreign entity on an expenditure.

The emails may also implicate President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort. It also transpired that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was present at Trump Tower in New York on the day Trump Jr, Kushner and Manafort met Veselnitskaya.

Denials

The US President claims he knew nothing about the emails, or the meeting that took place. But he also defended his son, calling him a “high quality person” and applauding “his transparency”.

Trump Jr said in a statement that, at the meeting with Veselnitskaya, “it quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information”. But clearly, there are still many questions that need answering. Is this, as some law experts claim, an actual “smoking gun”? Or, considering the ongoing investigations into Trump’s alleged links with Russia, is it the beginnings of another Watergate?

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