It seems like whenever the MSM uses ‘anonymously sourced’ information that is code word for, ‘we made this shit up.’
Trump haters have spread an anonymously sourced New York Times report that was published Monday.
It claimed Donald Trump Jr. was informed that the damaging information on Hillary Clinton he was sourcing was from the Russian government.
MSNBC host Chris L. Hayes was giddy when he tweeted, “This is smoking gun evidence of collusion, right?”
The report read,“before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.”
This is smoking gun evidence of collusion, right? https://t.co/KraYNekLyb
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 11, 2017
The email was from publicist Rob Goldstone, according to the report, and made it clear that the information would be from an effort from the Russian government to aid Trump’s campaign to defeat Hillary Clinton.
However, the New York Times admits in their report that the email does not refer to the hacking of the DNC, which many believe was orchestrated by covert Russian government agents.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails,” it read.
Donald Jr released a response to the New York Times report stating that they spoke about adoption, but later admitted, in a longer reply, that he had hoped to receive damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the meeting.
“I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign,” Trump Jr. said. “I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance.”
‘We had a meeting in June 2016,” he continued. “After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered.”
“It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” he continued. “She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) called for the Senate Intelligence Committee to interview him and the eldest child of President Trump said he is willing to be questioned about the matter.
What do you make of the NYTimes ‘anonymous sources’?
Did they make up the information?
Do these people even exist?