This Gun is Smokin

ADOPTION: That was the smoke.

When Trump Jr. recently tweeted and emailed his June 2016 contact with Russian, Natalia Veselnitskaya, he revealed a planned, campaign related meeting hinging on the pretense of the “missing” Clinton emails.

William Browder was a Russian oligarch. He was ousted from his country for attempts to expose corruption. Browder gave detailed testimony to the Senate Judicial Committee on Thursday, 7/27/2017.

Almost immediately after “Congress passed the Magnitsky Act” in 2012, an adoption ban was imposed by Putin’s Kremlin. The Act “targets Russian human rights abusers by freezing their American assets and banning them from entering the U.S..” The Act minimizes the effect of corruption and prevents Russian style corruption from spreading around the globe. The adoption ban was “the most sadistic thing” Putin could do.

Magnitsky, the man for whom the Act was named, was Browder’s lawyer. He was killed for exposing systemic corruption in the Russian kleptocracy.

It’s clear the interest and goal in that meeting was to repeal the Magnistky Act… It’s the one thing we can agree with certainty that happened in that meeting,” said Browder according to CBS News.


Russians are all about getting dirt, to bribe or to extort, on anyone who might be useful to them. They use this dirt as blackmail material; “compromat,” in the Russian language. Browder explains the WHY about dossiers which are kept on nearly everyone of political or economic importance.

When Browder chose to be a whistleblower, the Russians had their compromat ready. “[T]he $230 million he thought his business was paying in taxes to the Russian Treasury was misappropriated and funneled to those in power, at once making him a criminal and making Putin’s circle richer.


During the 2016 elections, a Russian operative reveals an enticing piece of information to the Trump campaign, specifically, Trump Jr. They were in possession of “incriminating evidence” against Hillary Clinton. But they want something in return; the repeal of the Magnitsky Act.

We know the meeting date was set on June 7, 2016.

In a campaign speech the same day, Trump Sr. boasts about having damaging Clinton information.

On June 9, the group met in Trump tower.

Soft-pedalling, the Russians open the meeting with a reference to the adoption ban.


For Trump Jr. it was business as usual and would include quid-pro-quo, hush-hush, wheeling and dealing just like his father taught him. But Trump Jr. did not seem to understand the adoption reference.

If it was Trump Jr. alone, I might believe that he was totally ignorant that he was being played for compromat. He seems–from news reports–to have been not just ignorant, but negligently ignorant of the connection between adoption and Clinton emails.

But Trump Jr. was not alone in that meeting: Manafort, Kushner, Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin, Goldstone and others. These are very smart people. They would have been fully aware that any exchange in this meeting would constitute collusion and should have been reported immediately to the FBI.

What was said? What information was exchanged? What agreements were made? Why didn’t anyone report this to the FBI?

Did Trump Jr. actually get something from that meeting? How did his father get hold of “damaging” information to use on his campaign trail?

How can anyone explain what went on in that meeting without using the word “COLLUSION?”


Forty minutes after the June 2016 meeting, in a nasty retort–a hallmark of his campaign and the modus operandi of his Presidency–Trump Sr. tweeted “where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?

  • On June 15, 2016, hacked DNC files are leaked by known Russian hacker, Guccifer 2.0.
  • July 27, Trump Sr. “calls on Russia to release emails from Clinton’s private server that were destroyed.
  • One month before the election, Wikileaks begins to release a stream of emails, dominating headlines from trusted news sources with trivial but damning information about the Clinton campaign.
  • Right wing conspiracy theories go off the chart.
  • Anti-Clinton fake news saturates social media.
  • Richard Comey, then FBI Director, publicly reopens the Clinton email investigation 11 days before the election.

And the rest is history.

Corruption. Adoption. Retaliation. Torture. Murder. Hacking. Emails. Sanctions. Bribes. Extortion.

These dots are so close, they make an underline ===>>> COLLUSION!

Trump and his swamp need to be held accountable.


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NPR: Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin’s Russia

Politico: White House rushes to defend Donald Trump Jr. in Russia meeting scandal

CNN: Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in the room

USA Today: Timeline: Donald Trump Jr.’s interactions with Kremlin-linked lawyer

Recreating June 9: A very consequential day in the 2016 campaign

CBS News: Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer was about sanctions, financier tells Senate panel This blog was updated to include this CBS News link.
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1 Response to This Gun is Smokin

  1. Debra says:

    Hey there, Lawrence, your last three essays are really clear, interesting and informative. THANK YOU!
    Debra, Indivisible

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