The media is hyperventilating about Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with the Russians.
They are treating it as the silver bullet that proves collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Now special counsel Robert Mueller made a game changing announcement about the meeting.
Senator Diane Feinstein – the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – announced that Mueller has cleared Trump, Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to testify in public.
“Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort have been cleared by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify in an open session before the Senate Judiciary Committee about their June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian attorney, according to the committee’s ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Feinstein, who met with Mueller last month, shared the information with reporters Tuesday, later adding that the special counsel’s investigation would “not be a problem” that would prevent their testimony. The news of the pair’s clearance to be interviewed was first reported by CNN.
The Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on the Foreign Agent Registration Act Wednesday, one at which Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he wanted Manafort to appear. Both he and Feinstein also suggested Trump Jr. should appear before the committee this week.
Grassley postponed the hearing Tuesday afternoon. Grassley’s office did not respond to ABC News’ questions about possible changes to Wednesday’s hearing or contact with Manafort and Trump Jr., who weren’t scheduled to appear, prior to word of its postponement. Feinstein declined to say whether the committee has contacted Manafort.”
This news came at the same time Mueller identified the eighth participant in the meeting attended by Trump, Jr.
“The eighth person who attended the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower is a senior vice president at the company founded by the Russian oligarch who initiated the meeting, CNN has learned.
Ike Kaveladze’s identity was confirmed by his attorney, Scott Balber.
Kaveladze is a senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, according to Kaveladze’s LinkedIn. His personal website says he “holds responsibility for multiple elements of the company’s Russian development project.”
Kaveladze’s attorney said he attended the meeting as a translator and has had no involvement with the Russian government.
Mueller’s announcement that Trump Jr. and Manafort are cleared to testify in public is a blow to the media’s collusion narrative.
They will be interviewed by the special counsel and if he thought they had something major to say, he would not want them to testify in public and give away areas of inquiry or information.
Every participant in the meeting who has spoken to the press said it focused on the Magnitsky Act and Russian adoption.
There was never talk of collusion or Russian government help for Trump.
It’s all fake news ginned up by the media to distract Trump from enacting his agenda.
With Mueller clearing Trump, Jr. and Manafort to testify in public, it proves just how little there was to their meeting.