It's no longer a witch hunt as dubbed by President Trump when, at a highly-described meeting of June 9, 2016, his oldest son, Donald Trump. Jr., met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who reportedly promised to share political information in reference to the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Initially, those reported as attendees in the aforesaid meeting were: Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at that time, and Jared Kushner, the then Republican presidential candidate's son-in-law, currently a senior adviser of the president.
Per released and published e-mails, the world has known more details about that now well-known gathering.
Trump, Jr.'s initial explanation touching on the same meeting was ostensibly to help Russian orphans in reference to Russia's freezing of an adoption program popular with Americans.
However clearly identified the younger Trump's interpretation of the meeting was disseminated, the New York Times named conflicting information about the raison d'etre in touching on the story.
The same paper indicated that Ms. Veselnitskaya had "promised damaging material on Ms. Clinton which the Trump scion called essentially meaningless," and merely a "pretext" for discussing the adoption angle.
Questions have inevitably arisen: what is the extent of the knowledge that the Trump campaign had relevant to the Russian government's activities to inflict harm on the Clinton's quest for the presidency?
Doubt has entered the Trump Junior's explanation in regard to the Veselnitskaya's presence that the meeting in question was not a first contact.
In addition, prior to the meeting, a question has arisen: was Trump Jr. aware that the Russians might have expected his father to support the subject the above-named lawyer insisted on? Was it intended to be one in discussing international adoption sanctions and the anticipated category of quid pro quo?
The Russian law preventing Americans from adopting Russian children was not unknown; it was passed in retaliation of U.S. sanctions supposedly targeted at associates of President Vladimir Putin.
Another question that should be answered by Trump, Jr.: did he expect that the Russians would give him invaluable information without expecting anything in return? The younger Trump 's skills were bruited around by his father's campaign leaders about his skills as a negotiator.
What is clear and remains clear: Donald Trump, Jr., voluntarily met with someone known with ties to the Russian government, mainly to receive damaging evidence about Clinton that might have influenced the U.S. 2016 election in favor of his father.
Trump, Jr., has asserted strongly that he did not receive useful information for the above-named aim, so no crime was committed.
But some criminal lawyers' statements contradict his statements.
"Intent to commit a crime is still a crime," has been advanced.
There are 196 countries all over the globe.
Among those in addition to the U.S., Canada and Russia, there are several more, including China, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, France, the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, Israel, Iran and perhaps Brazil, have the capability to engage in cyber hacking.
All of the above-named countries have more than a passing interest in the outcome of a U.S. presidential election. Yet, to this very date, no reliable information has surfaced that any foreign country other than Russia, has made an effort to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.
A note of interest: during the past presidential campaign: Donald Trump asserted that he could go out on New York City's Fifth Avenue and shoot someone; people would still support him, he vigorously added. Amid what's been happening since he became the U.S. president on January 20th, it seems Trump's assumption no longer seems questionable.
What remains clear however, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were at that meeting and their presence could never be underestimated despite answers to the contrary: they were all representing the older Trump's interest.