Reminder: Donald Trump Jr. bragged that ‘we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia’

UPDATE, February 7: Tuesday morning, POTUS continues to contradict his son’s statement.

Contrary to popular belief, we in this business try our best to avoid hyperbole, so hear us out when we say there’s a chance the American public is about to witness this generation’s “I’m not a crook” or, perhaps, more fittingly, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

It just so happens that Donald Trump’s long-awaited press conference — his first in 167 days — follows the day after BuzzFeed published an explosive report claiming that the president-elect not only paid (and watched) Russian sex workers to piss all over the hotel bed the Obamas had slept in just a month prior, but that — more significantly — Trump has deep ties with Russia that extend beyond his campaign’s coordination with the Russian government to sabotage the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. BuzzFeed admitted the salacious 35-page dossier was “unverified,” but the details — including the ones of sexual nature — were also referenced in a bombshell CNN report published earlier that afternoon.

Trump naturally took to Twitter to disparage the damning allegations.

For now, we can’t outright dispute Trump’s first tweet until more information from the report is confirmed — which may never happen. But the second is a classic case of Trump deception.

Back in July, WaPo fact-checked Trump’s assertion that he has “nothing to do with Russia — for anything.” Turns out, he does. According to the Post, Trump himself said “Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment… We will be in Moscow at some point,” during a 2007 deposition. And then there’s the comments from his son, Donald Trump Jr.:

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

Trump Jr. noted that he traveled to Russia six times in 18 months, and “several buyers have been attracted to our projects there and everything associated therewith.” But he added: “As much as we want to take our business over there, Russia is just a different world…. It is a question of who knows who, whose brother is paying off who…. It really is a scary place.”

Regardless of whether the Trumps are currently doing business in Russia, the evidence indicates that they certainly tried to do so in the past. That information, along with the FBI and CIA’s conclusion that Putin hacked the election, is going to make it awfully hard for the American people to give the future president the benefit of the doubt.

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