A former CIA operative appeared on CNN to dissect Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer last year who promised him valuable dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and she said it was a classic tactic by Russian intelligence services.
During a CNN panel discussion on Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, former CIA spy Lindsay Moran said that she has seen the Russian government use these kinds of tactics in the past on American citizens, who may unwittingly find themselves compromised by Russian foreign agents.
“Legality aside, this is Russian intelligence tactics at their best,” she said. “Let’s promise Trump Jr. something that he wants, lure him in, bait and switch. It doesn’t matter whether they talked about nefarious activities with him at the meeting — the whole thing is nefarious.”
Moran went on to say that it was particularly disturbing that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who now has security clearances as part of his work at the Trump White House, was present at the meeting.
“I have conducted background investigations,” Moran explained. “If you do not disclose meetings with foreign nationals, especially one promising dirt in exchange for something, that’s a big deal. That’s not leaving out an address you had for two months in college. It’s raising a number of eyebrows and can result in a counter-intelligence investigation. It can get you locked up.”
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