This statement by Trump seems to indicate he knew about Junior's meeting with Russians in advance, but no one seems to be referencing it.

This statement by Trump seems to indicate he knew about Junior's meeting with Russians in advance, but no one seems to be referencing it.

I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we’re going to be discussing all of the things have taken place with the Clintons. And I think you’re going to find it very, very interesting.
— Donald J. Trump, June 7 2016

I have always found this statement, made as part of his primary victory speech, to be very damning as to what Trump knew and when he knew it. And yet it does not seem to be getting much play in the (limited) news feeds I follow.

To refresh your memory on the timeline of events leading up to the June 9 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Junior/Kushner/Manafort and some Russians here are the highlights:

June 3, 10:36 a.m.

Good morning

Emin [Agalarov] just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.

The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary 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 it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.

What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?

I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
— Rob Goldstone email to Donald Trump Jr

June 3, 10:53 a.m.

Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?
— DTJ reply email

June 7, 4:20 p.m.

Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday.

I believe you are aware of the meeting – and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you?
— Goldstone email to DTJ

June 7, 5:16 p.m.

Trump Jr. suggests a meeting at 3 p.m. This is later changed to 4 p.m.

June 7, Evening

I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we’re going to be discussing all of the things have taken place with the Clintons.
— Donald J Trump

As you can see from this timeline the time and date for the Trump Tower meeting was set on June 7. The purpose of this meeting, as far as Junior knew, was to "provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary". Trump, who can not keep a secret, boasted (within hours of the meeting being confirmed), that he would have dirt on "the Clintons" early the next week.

As we know, the June 9 meeting did take place and was a big nothing-burger. And as we also know, Trump never made his "major speech" on Monday.

Anyone who thinks Junior did not run to Daddy and tell him of the impending meeting is fooling themselves.

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