The photo showing it’s time to ask: What did the president know and when did he know it?

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In recent days we’ve seen Kremlin-linked names like Natalia Veselnitskaya, Emin Agalarov, and Rob Goldstone emerging in the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Although Donald Trump, Jr. finds himself at the center of the storm right now, let’s take a harder look at how all of these people seem to know Don Jr. so well.

Here’s a hint:

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-Rob Goldstone: Publicist who arranged meeting between Russian lawyer and Don Jr.
-Natalia Veselnitskaya: Russian lawyer who… pic.twitter.com/9rBi0RhGks

— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) July 11, 2017

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Is that Donald Jr. seated next to Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya?

Nope.

Is that Donald Jr. seated next to Emin Agalarov, son of billionaire Aras Agalarov, who is a Russian oligarch and good friend of Vladimir Putin?

Nope.

Is that Donald Jr. seated next to Rob Goldstone, the conduit for the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya?

Nope.

To throw another log on the intrigue fire, consider for one moment that the meeting Don Jr. arranged with Natalia Veselnitskaya also involved the highest people in the Trump campaign—Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. The meeting took place two weeks after Trump secured the Republican nomination. They spent the day meeting with Reince Preibus and the Republican National Committee for the campaign’s first “finance meeting.” They were jump-starting their Republican National Convention planning. In other words, they were super, super busy. And yet, Don Jr. was able to get Kushner and Manafort to drop everything for the meeting with Veselnitskaya. So perhaps it was someone other than Don Jr. who ordered his top lieutenants to attend?

During the campaign, several interviews with former Trump Organization employees revealed Donald Trump is a notorious micromanager:

Interviews with a dozen people familiar with how Trump conducts business reveal the president-elect as a micromanager who regularly spars over details about decor in projects across his real estate and branding empire.

“I’m very much involved in the details,” Trump said during a June deposition in a lawsuit stemming from his development of a Washington hotel. “I was involved in the design of the building and the room sizes and the entrances and the lobby and the marble and the bathrooms and the fixtures and the bars and a lot of things.”

Are we to believe that Donald Trump was unaware of a high-level meeting, set-up by his billionaire Russian oligarch friends, with his top inner circle attending, inside Trump Tower, on the same day the Republican National Committee was having an all-day finance session at the same location? Seems implausible. 

MSNBC host Joy Reid has a theory about who ordered or blessed the meeting:

One more round on that Trump Jr. meeting set up by Emin Agalarov via his manager… this idea that it was Jr's enterprise rings false.

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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Emin Agalarov is Donald Trump SENIOR's contact. Not Jr.'s. His relationship is with the father, not the son. How many ways to explain…

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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We know that Emin Agalarov is the one who wanted the meeting to happen. https://t.co/yTaxn6LYqm

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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We know that both he and his father have close ties to Vladimir Putin… pic.twitter.com/MpJ7M2It4r

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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pic.twitter.com/acLDGqmyUC

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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… and that Trump cameo'd in his cheesy music video… https://t.co/lxZhjlcgOp

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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Oh, his dad is called the “Donald Trump of Russia…” pic.twitter.com/WrniSvGI6a

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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Emin Agalarov only follows 34 people on Twitter. One of them is Donald Trump. None of them are Don Jr. pic.twitter.com/L1lZTpEsVy

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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The younger Agalarov proudly proclaims his close ties to Trump Sr. (Full Atlantic story for all these clips here: https://t.co/GEFxFNxTZM pic.twitter.com/M7rbSFT6vU

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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Anyway, what makes more sense: Emin Agalarov has his manager reach out to his claimed friend Trump Sr, and Sr tells Jr.: “handle it…”

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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Or Agalarov — son of Oligarch, who father bought him a pop career (and apparently a lot of follow bots… skipped the boss for the son? pic.twitter.com/pV3DrM7jx2

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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… and the son never mentioned to his father that he met with a guy who along with his oligarch father, claims Trump Sr. as a friend?

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017

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— Sharon (@SharonWillow54) July 10, 2017

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It is time to start asking: What did the president know and when did he know it?


Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, would also like to know:

What did the President know and when did he know it?

— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) July 11, 2017

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