A 7-Month-Old Story that Still Needs Follow-Up — The Trump Tower Meeting was A Deep State Set-Up that Empowered British Intelligence to Surveil the Trump Associates Who Attended the Meeting
Originally published Apr 28, 2018
We have just learned that Robert Mueller has never bothered to interview the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr. and associates.
The Russian Lawyer Who Met With Donald Trump Jr. Says the Special Counsel Hasn’t Contacted Her
A very peculiar fact, given that Mueller’s alleged mission is to investigate “Russian interference” (and Trump collusion therein), and that this meeting has been painted by the MSM as borderline treasonous.
Nor have we had an explanation as to why Preet Bharara, on orders from the DOJ, gave Veselnistkaya an entry visa just days before the meeting — even though she was considered a security risk and had been denied such a visa earlier that year.
Confirmed: Obama WH Issued Visa to Russian Lawyer Days Before Trump Meeting
And why did British music producer, Rob Goldstone, an associate of Fusion GPS, entice Trump Jr. to the meeting by lying that Veselnitskaya had dirt on Hillary which she could share? Veselnitskaya says that she had no such dirt, and that her purpose was to lobby Trump Jr. for repeal of the Magnitsky Act; Trump Jr. does not contradict her.
The phrasing of Goldstone’s first email to Trump Jr. is intriguing:
Emin [Agalarov, a Russian pop star represented by Goldstone] just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras [a Moscow-based developer who tried to partner with Trump in a hotel project] this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.
Subsequent inquiry revealed that Goldstone had had no such contact with Emin — he was making this up out of whole cloth. It’s notable that Goldstone echoes the claim in the Steele dossier that the Russian government was attempting to assist Trump’s election by trashing Hillary. And — as Steve McGrath has noted in his response to the initial draft of this essay — Goldstone employs some key phrases that would make this communication likely to be flagged by the NSA for investigation.
One innocuous interpretation of Goldstone’s emails is that he was just BSing Trump Jr. in order to get him to listen to Veselnitskaya’s pitch regarding the Magnitsky Act. But if that is the case, why was Goldstone’s email written to create the impression that, by responding positively, Trump Jr. appeared to be accepting an offer to “collude” with the Russian government during the election? This definitely has the appearance of a Deep State set up. And note that the date of the first Goldstone email, June 3rd, pre-dates any public knowledge of the Steele dossier and even the Wikileaks release of the DNC emails. It is reasonable to suspect that Goldstone was coached by GCHQ when drafting this email.
Yet the story of the Trump Jr./Veselnitskaya meeting did not go public until after the election. Was some deeper purpose served by this meeting?
7 months ago, in an article said to be based on “inside sources” within the intelligence community, True Pundit alleged that the Trump Tower meeting was a Deep State setup that would provide a legal excuse for GCHQ (British intelligence) to put all Trump associates who attended the meeting under continuing surveillance — the results of which could then be passed along to their US colleagues:
EXCLUSIVE: Six U.S Agencies Conspired to Illegally Wiretap Trump; British Intel Used as NSA Front to Spy on Campaign
I currently have no way to determine whether this story is true. What I can say is that it does tend to make logical sense of a situation that otherwise makes little sense at all. And this scenario would be consistent with the evident determination of the Obama Deep State to put the Trump campaign under surveillance, using any excuse, in the hope of digging up something incriminating.
Also, it appears that it was the GCHQ that kicked off the Trump “collusion” witch hunt by reporting to John Brennan, back in 2015, that Trump associates had been in touch with Russian spies.
British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia
(James Comey later testified to Congress that these tips were bogus — the Russians involved were not spies.)
I welcome feedback from anyone who has further insight on this issue. Whatever the merit of the True Pundit article may be, the role that GCHQ played in surveillance of the Trump campaign demands much further clarification. In light of the so-far inexplicable Skripal poisoning — how did everyone involved survive attack with a potent nerve agent, unless their docs (currently gagged by the British government) were given a tip to treat the victims with atropine immediately? — as well as Russian claims that British intelligence contacted the White Helmets in Douma to demand that they hurry up with their their provocation — the possibility that GCHQ has been up to its neck in Deep State skullduggery intended to demonize Russia seems rather high. Taking down Trump, who avowedly was sympathetic to “getting along” with Russia, fits this pattern perfectly.
If the fallout from the Douma fiasco manages to bring down May’s government, perhaps Prime Minister Corbyn can put a leash on these malevolent spooks — one can always dream!