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Jul. 20th, 2017

11:35 pm - Russian adoptions.

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Trump Jr. says his meeting with a lawyer for the Russian government only talked about adoptions. He thinks this somehow exonerates him because he wasn’t colluding with a foreign government representative. Here’s what needs to be repeated as often and loudly as possible.

When the Russian government talks about Americans adopting Russian orphans, what they mean is Lift US sanctions against Putin and his murdering associates.

This isn’t immediately obvious, which is why Putin’s agents are doing it. But have no doubt at all, whenever a Russian agent says adoptions, they mean lift US sanctions and nothing else. So what Trump Jr. is actually saying is, I met with a lawyer for the Russian government after the lawyer promised me illegal help with our campaign, and when we got to the meeting, the Russian government lawyer immediately started talking about lifting US sanctions on Putin’s friends.

Read that a few more times. This is blatant admission of criminal activity. There is no "if", "but", or "maybe". It is illegal. This is offering aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States, which is defined in the Constitution as treason.

Just to lay it all out as repeatedly as possible, this is the sequence. There was a Russian named Sergei Magnitsky who exposed a massive tax-theft scam by Putin’s associates. (Massive as in hundreds of millions of dollars equivalent.) Sergei Magnitsky was key in the investigation into Putin’s associates when he was murdered in jail pending trial.

In response to this obvious corruption and criminal activity, the US passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012 to freeze the American assets of Russian officials guilty of gross abuse of human rights (like murder).

In retaliation for the Magnitsky Act, Putin froze all the adoptions of Russian orphans by American parents, and told the Americans that the freeze would remain in place until they convinced Congress to repeal the Magnitsky Act. So Putin is responsible for adoptions being halted. The US is not responsible for that happening. And Putin has been very clear that it is inextricably linked to the sanctions.

So every time you hear Trump Jr., or a Republican talking head, or even Trump himself say that Putin or Russian government lawyers or Russian diplomats are only talking about adoptions, remember that they are really saying the Russians are trying to convince them to lift US sanctions against criminal Russian officials.

Trump himself just admitted to yet another undisclosed conversation with Putin, and he said it was centered around adoptions. That means that, once again, Trump is admitting to collusion with Putin against American interests. It is really not possible to overstate just how significant and damaging to America this all is.