The Wall Street Journal just released a grounding report on President Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. They are reporting that he took at least $50,000 from a couple allied with the Russian government in an attempt to lobby him while President Trump was campaigning for president.
According to the report, the meeting took place on Oct 11. at the Ritz Hotel in Paris just shy of one month prior to Trump winning the 2016 election.
The meeting was hosted by Fabien Baussart, and his Syrian-born wife, Randa Kassis, who just formally nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mrs. Kassis is a leader of a political faction endorsed by Russia in its efforts to end the war in Syria.
The latest disclosure is bringing more heat on the Trump family. Just recently, it was also discovered that Trump Jr. attended a meeting with a foreign agent of the Russian government in an attempt to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton. He will have to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort who attended the meeting with the Russian lawyer.
In any case, the financial compensation will likely draw more in-depth questioning from Congress. Mrs. Kassis indicated that she passed on Mr. Trump’s views to Russian diplomats after the meeting in subsequent trips she made to Moscow.
She further elaborated that the talks she had with Trump Jr. were about general campaign issues and his dad’s overall policy platform.
Asked why Mr. Baussart thought that Putin deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in Syria, he stated: “I believe he deserved it. He is the only one who is truly fighting terrorism.”
The Obama administration, however, has accused Russia of committing war crimes in Syria.
The Trump Organization tried to dismiss the news by saying that “Donald Trump Jr. has been participating in business-related speaking engagements for over a decade—discussing a range of topics including sharing his entrepreneurial experiences and offering career specific advice.”
But, Robert Ford, a former State Department official with experience in U.S. policy toward Syria, said that the French government warned the U.S. about the couple because they “are very close to the Russians.”