“There has been a confession”, an excited MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Tuesday night referring to the blockbuster revelation that a meeting took place between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidentional campaign.
The New York Times published a story on Monday saying Donald Trump Jr. was told that his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year was part of a Kremlin effort to interfere in the election on behalf of the Trump campaign.
The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, claims that Trump Jr. asked for damaging information on Hillary Clinton’s campaign during their meeting in Trump Tower last summer.
Normally, this “would be the end of the plot,” according to Maddow, who said that in normal times this story would be over, “now that the Trump campaign has admitted that they worked with the Russians during the campaign.”
But these are not normal times, and it is unlikely that there will be a quick end to what she believes could be “the biggest political scandal ever.”
In Maddow’s opinion, there are only two paths forward for the Trump administration following what she calls a “clear admission of guilt.”
The first is to “create a new scandal.” They will try to “distract from what they have just confessed to,” she claims.
“They will try to turn the narrative to instead be about Hillary Clinton and her campaign, or to otherwise turn the story inside out.”
She says to look for Republicans to use the confirmation hearings for new FBI director appointee Christopher Wray as a means to “launch a counterattack.”
“But at that confirmation hearing tomorrow, and also at the upcoming Senate hearings on the Russian investigation that we are expecting in the next couple of weeks, watch for Republican Senators to try to mount a counterattack on the main narrative of this scandal,” says Maddow.
The second is to use a “self-defense of a different kind.”
Maddow believes that the White House could use a defense similar to that which was used by Mike Flynn.
Essentially, the Administration could claim that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort acted independent from the White House.
“There is no way to use the exact same strategy that they did with Mike Flynn on the previous collusion story right? There is no way to say that Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. were acting in their personal capacity when they took this meeting”, says Maddow.
“We know that this was clearly a campaign meeting,” she stated. “None of them could be personally on the hook with the campaign being on the hook.”
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