To summarize, a timeline of these events:
January 2016: Trump takes the lead for the Republican nomination and most people polled expect him to win the nomination.
January 2016-January 2017: Trump, his family, and his campaign team are put under “electronic surveillance” by foreign and domestic intelligence agencies, who share raw intel among each other. In other words, the whole world was watching Trump. White House officials unmasked the names of Trump’s campaign members, as they reviewed “incidentally collected” communications.
Late May 2016: Trump gets enough primary votes to clinch the nomination. Only days later …
June 3, 2016: Rob Goldstone, a U.K. music publicist, emails Donald J. Trump Jr. (DJT Jr.) to ask him to speak with a mutual Russian acquaintance about information pertaining to Hillary Clinton that may help the Trump campaign. DJT Jr. puts him off until “next week.” It’s not reported where Goldstone was when he sent the email (e.g., Moscow, U.S., U.K.).
June 6, 2016: Goldstone again emails DJT Jr. asking him to speak with their acquaintance about the Clinton information. DJT Jr. offers to talk “now” and asks that the acquaintance call his cell phone. It’s unclear from the email whether or not they eventually talked via cell phone (but given that the acquaintance was in Moscow, the NSA knows and probably has tape).
June 7, 2016: Goldstone emails DJT Jr. again on behalf of their mutual acquaintance, asking to set up a meeting between DJT Jr. and a “Russian government attorney” for June 9, presumably to discuss the information about Clinton. They confirm the meeting for Trump Tower; Goldstone says he won’t stay for the meeting but will provide introductions; Goldstone says he will send DJT Jr. the names of the “two people” who will attend “later.” DJT Jr. tells Goldstone that Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner will attend.
June 8, 2016: Goldstone emails DJT Jr. to move the time of the meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9, the next day. DJT Jr. offers to meet that afternoon, but Goldstone says the lawyer is still in transit to the U.S. from Moscow. DJT Jr. emails Manafort and Kushner that the meeting time has changed.
June 9, 2016: The meeting takes place at Trump Tower with DJT Jr., Goldstone (who apparently sat in after all), Manafort, Kushner, Natalia Veselnitskaya (a Russian lawyer who does notwork for the Russian government), Irakly Kaveladze (a Russian-American), and Rinat Akhmetshin (another Russian-American), and possibly an unnamed translator.
June 15, 2016: DNC contractor Crowdstrike, (with a dubious professional record and multiple conflicts of interest) announces that malware has been found on the DNC server and claims there is evidence it was injected by Russians.
June 15, 2016: On the same day, “Guccifer 2.0” affirms the DNC statement; claims responsibility for the “hack;” claims to be a WikiLeaks source; and posts a document that the forensics show was synthetically tainted with “Russian fingerprints.”
July 5, 2016: In the early evening, Eastern Daylight Time, someone working in the EDT time zone with a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 MegaBytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That speed is many times faster than what is physically possible with a hack.
July 25, 2016: The Democrats claim that Russians, directed by their government, hacked DNC email to help Trump and hurt Hillary.
July 26, 2016: The Obama intelligence community suddenly decides that the Russian government hacked DNC email to help Trump and hurt Hillary (despite having no concrete evidence, because they were refused access to the server by the DNC).
Summer/August 2016: The fake news dossier on Trump, written by a former U.K. spy, starts circulating among Democrats, Republican Senator John McCain, and mainstream media “journalists,” becoming one among many excuses for the FBI to “begin” to investigate the Trump campaign, even though it contains unverified, partisan opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and other Trump opponents.
August/Sept. 2016: Brennan briefs the Senate’s Gang of Eight about the supposed Russian interference in the election and his assumption that they “might be” colluding with the Trump campaign to ensure a Trump win. (Did he also brief them that foreign intelligence agencies were spying on Trump and his campaign and passing information to the Obama administration to help Hillary Clinton, a private citizen? Unknown. Did the FBI open a counter-intelligence investigation into that possible collusion? Unknown, but doubtful.)
October 2016: Harry Reid dutifully tells the media about Brennan’s suspicions, as gleaned from the convenient briefings he got, despite that it’s classified information, unfounded, and unproven. To date, all members of Obama’s administration who have testified under oath say there’s no evidence of any collusion by Trump or his campaign with the Russians.
[Note: The above timeline was updated on 7/30/17 with information, in blue, from an article that discusses Intel and IT experts’ opinions about the DNC hack.]
Below is a short timeline we put together about certain events that have occurred this summer of 2017, all swirling around the sudden media focus on Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with “Russians” (two out of three of whom turned out to be U.S. citizens):
June 8, 2017: Former FBI Director James Comey testified that he leaked information about his meetings with President Trump to the media, via a personal friend with whom he shared the contents of memos (that are government records, some of which contained classified information).
June 9, 2017: It’s reported that President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee “soon” to discuss the supposed Russian/Trump nexus. That meeting reportedly will take place this coming Monday. Also this coming week, DJT Jr. and Manafort are allegedly “set” to meet with that committee.
June 21, 2017: After preparing for his meeting with the committee, Jared Kushner revised security clearance information, wherein he tells the FBI that he now recalls being in the meeting with DJT Jr. and the Russian lawyer. The very next day …
June 23, 2017: One day after Comey made a 3-hour-long “quiet visit” to the New York Times building and two days after Kushner submitted paperwork to the FBI stating that he was in the meeting with the Russian lawyer, Comey’s good friend and confidante tweeted “tick, tick, tick,” to forecast an upcoming “bombshell” story about Trump soon to be published in the New York Times. (How did he know? Who gave the information to the NY Times?)
July 8, 2017: The NY Times reported for the first time on the meeting DJT Jr., Kushner, and then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had with the Russian lawyer. Comey’s friend confirmed that this story was the one he predicted on June 23. (How did he know? Who told the NY Times?)
July 11, 2017: The NY Times admitted that it possessed the actual contents (copies?) of DJT Jr.’s private email messages that passed between him and Goldstone, who set up the meeting for the Russian lawyer, raising the obvious question: From whom did reporters get the text of DJT Jr.’s private email? According to the NY Times, they got it from “three people with knowledge of the email.” Not reported is for how long they possessed the information, yet sometime between July 8 and July 11 they contacted DJT Jr., threatening to release the content. DJT Jr. responded by publishing the email himself on Twitter.
To recap: In summer 2016, Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination for president. June 9, 2016, Trump’s son and namesake met with a Russian lawyer who, as it had been described to him, allegedly had information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was illegally accepting donations from a foreign government. The man who set up the meeting, Rob Goldstone, was born in Manchester, England, and appears to be a U.K. citizen who has traveled extensively in Russia and has business ties there. (Transcript of those emails are here.)
So here we go, back to the top:
British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia …
Was Goldstone one of those whom British intelligence agencies kept track of, especially given his dealings with Russia? Is Goldstone possibly an “asset,” to use intel community lingo, as some suspect? Was he used? Or was the U.K. tracking Emin Agalarov (Goldstone’s Russian client who wanted the meeting to happen) or Natalia Veselnitskaya (Agalarov’s friend, the Russian lawyer)?
Through the Russians’ communications with Goldstone did U.K. intelligence immediately learn about that meeting and tip off their “counterparts” in the U.S.? (“The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence.”) Or did our own NSA intercept the email, because perhaps Goldstone was believed to be in Moscow at the time and was communicating with someone within the U.S.?
Then there’s the whole issue of the odd wording of Goldstone’s emails. U.K. intelligence, as well as our own NSA, are known to use keywords to flag suspicious communications for further investigation. His emails are salted with potential keywords and phrases like ultrasensitive, security, Russia, Moscow, “Russian government attorney,” and “Russian attorney.” There are other strange things revolving around Goldstone. For example, he made sure to publicly “check in” at Trump Tower on his now-deleted Facebook page on June 9. Oddly enough, GPS appeared to place him in Jakarta, Indonesia. But why was it necessary to notify the world that he was there for that meeting? Why did he post a photo of himself in a shirt bearing the word Russia the day after Trump won the election?
We know that British and other foreign spy agencies shared information about Trump with the Obama intelligence agencies until summer 2016, when the FBI started their own investigation into this supposed Russian meddling in our election.
There are at least two people from the U.K. involved in this story: Rob Goldstone, who contacted DJT Jr. to set up the meeting with the “Russians,” and Christopher Steele, the former U.K. spy who was involved in opposition research against Trump, allegedly working first for Trump’s Republican opponents and then later for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and even our own FBI.
On June 25, 2016, this story from the NY Times said that
Cold War-era intrigue permeated the 93-degree heat in Philadelphia on Monday, as Democrats sought to spread the idea that the release of thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee is part of a Russian effort to help elect Donald J. Trump.
“I do know this: that the Russians did the D.N.C. hack,” Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, told reporters.
She said she had learned of Russian involvement not through intelligence briefings, but through other means. …
[T]he Russian-intervention narrative fits with Mrs. Clinton’s efforts to establish the idea that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia wants to see Mr. Trump elected to weaken America and hurt its closest NATO allies. Mr. Trump has suggested he would not automatically defend NATO allies if they were attacked.
It was a plan. A narrative that the Democrats sought to spread, as the Democrat Convention began, to help elect Hillary Clinton. The narrative was hatched then and there. In June/July 2016. Or was it? Was it hatched as soon as Donald Trump announced his candidacy? Or was it hatched as soon as it became obvious that he would be the Republican nominee?
Only days after Trump sewed up the nomination, his son was contacted by a U.K. born publicist and gadfly who worked a lot in Moscow, to set up a meeting allegedly to share some helpful information about potential crimes committed by Clinton and/or the DNC. In emails to DJT Jr., the publicist mentioned Russia and its government multiple times. He didn’t tell DJT Jr. the names of the people with whom he would meet. He announced on Facebook that he was at Trump Tower that day. The British intelligence agency, GCHQ, was monitoring Trump’s team and sharing what they found with U.S. intelligence. That same month of the meeting, the FBI tried to get a FISA warrant to monitor Trump’s campaign team. It was denied. Nevertheless, Comey’s FBI began a “counter-intelligence investigation” into Russian “meddling” in the election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. The Democrats began to promote the narrative that Trump was colluding with Russia to defeat Clinton. Obama’s CIA director made sure to brief Harry Reid and John McCain. Reid leaked to the media and McCain helpfully gave the scurrilous dossier to the FBI.
Is it possible that this entire Russian collusion narrative derives from that one email in which Rob Goldstone claimed that the Crown Prosecutor of Russia (a position which doesn’t exist) wanted to share “incriminating evidence” with Trump (none of which was conveyed) because of “Russia and its government’s support of Mr. Trump?”
Did paranoid minds in foreign intelligence agencies, our NSA, and the Obama administration build an entire witch hunt based upon second-hand “evidence” that the government of Russia allegedly supported Trump? What does “support” mean, after all?
What about the U.K. and it’s government’s support for Mrs. Clinton, not to mention the other foreign governments’ support for her, as evidenced by their spying on Trump and passing the information to Obama’s administration?
What about the French president’s support for Clinton?
The best service Democrats can do is elect Hillary Clinton.
What about the Italian president’s support for Clinton?
I’m rooting for Hillary Clinton.
What about the support of all the foreign leaders who wanted to help Clinton defeat Trump? Haven’t heard about that one? Check it out. Straight from the horse’s mouth:
CNN moderator Jake Tapper asked Clinton who the foreign leaders were who had been reaching and asking if they could endorse her to stop Trump. …
Tapper pressed her about who the private messages had come from.
“No. … We’re holding that in reserve,” Clinton responded with a laugh.
“I believe that I will have an opportunity to really focus in on how dangerous a Donald Trump presidency would be, for our standing, for our safety, for the peace of the world.”
Interesting. Did the NSA “incidentally” collect those private messages?
Did Clinton express her feelings about the danger of a Trump presidency to foreign leaders in her private correspondence with them? Why was Clinton, a private citizen, even speaking with foreign leaders privately? Was that a violation of the Logan Act? Did Comey investigate that possibility?
Was Clinton personally, in effect, colluding with foreign governments to defeat Trump and, if that didn’t work, colluding in advance to undermine his subsequent administration?
Did U.K. or other foreign government intelligence agencies alert their counterparts in the U.S. about the private messages passing between Clinton and foreign leaders that sound very much like Clinton herself colluding with foreign leaders to interfere in our election to “stop Trump?”
Did the FBI begin a counter-intelligence investigation to find out the scope of this potential collusion, which they should have become aware of in March 2016, when she publicly made those comments?
Were members of Clinton’s team and family put under surveillance, or did the FBI at least ask the FISA court for a warrant to monitor her campaign members?
Suspicious minds want to know.