For reasons that I'll explain, this all is difficult to classify. But we'll try.
"That is everything."
-- Donald Trump Jr to Hannity/Fox, about 5-person meeting
Okay, the first problem. This isn't officially a quote of "today," since it came a week ago during Don Jr.'s Fox interview, insisting that all information was now out and public about his secret Russia meeting that included the Trump campaign head Paul Manafort and Jared Kusher, a top Trump adviser and son-in-law. The problem is, that qualifies the quote for today is that an eighth participant at the secret Russia meeting has now been uncovered. Updates as they occur., since it doesn't seem like this clown car is over, with more pouring out by the day. Perhaps investigators should check with any "event party service" companies in the area to see if more chairs were ordered. We're long past the "Imagine if this had been Hillary Clinton and her campaign" mantra. We've entered John Le Carre Land...
And all that brings up a second quote, which makes the concept of "Quote of the Day" dicey, since there are now two of them. It comes from Michael Carpenter, who had been Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, and was discussing on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell all the participants at the secret Russia meeting, including Rinat Akhmetshin who has been identified as a former Russian counterintelligence officer.
"There are very few former counter-intelligence officers in Russia."
-- Michael Carpenter, Pentagon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Obama Administration
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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