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Stop the madness

7/14/2017, 10:38 a.m.

We are tired of President Trump and his lies.

And we are particularly aggravated by his hubris and deceit when it comes to his connections with Russia and his collusion with the Kremlin to win the November 2016 presidential election.

The latest revelations involving his son, Donald Trump Jr., only serve to further confirm what we already knew — that businessman Trump views the American presidency as a way to line his own pockets and that he is willing to go to great lengths, i.e. lie, cheat and throw his own family and country under the bus, to satisfy his greed.

New published reports indicate that President Trump had a deal in November 2013 with a Russian real estate developer to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. His children were involved in the deal. Trump Jr. was assigned to oversee the project, while daughter Ivanka was sent to Moscow to meet with the oligarch’s son to identify potential sites. The developer has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the project was abandoned after the Russian economy floundered, in part, because of U.S. sanctions imposed under President Obama and those by the European Union after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

While President Trump continues to deny having any business deals in Russia, he immediately after taking office in January pursued the possibility of lifting the sanctions against Russia. He was blocked by strong opposition from within the State Department and from members of Congress, including Republicans.

The New York Times disclosed this week that a British intermediary who has ties to the Russian developer’s son, and who was present during the discussions about the Moscow Trump Tower deal, sent emails to Trump Jr. in June 2016 stating that a Russian government lawyer had documents and information for the Trump presidential campaign that could tank Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” the email stated, adding that the effort was being helped by the Russian developer and his son.

On June 9, 2016, Trump Jr. met at Trump Tower in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has connections to the Kremlin.

But Trump Jr. didn’t come alone. Instead of contacting the FBI or other federal authorities about foreign nationals trying to influence the election — a practice prohibited under U.S. law — Trump Jr. brought with him to the meeting key members of the Trump campaign — Paul Manafort, then the campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law who is now a senior White House adviser.

When the New York Times story broke about the emails and the meeting, Trump Jr.’s initial response was just like his dad’s — to lie. He claimed the meeting was about U.S. adoptions of Russian children.

He then released the chain of emails when he learned the newspaper had copies and was ready to publish them. He said nothing came out of the meeting, a claim also expressed by the Russian lawyer.