Donald Trump has claimed repeatedly that he has had no contact with Russian officials as a presidential candidate.
He was lying.
Trump personally met with the Russian ambassador on April 27, 2016, prior to a major foreign policy speech. The Wall Street Journal, in a report that was little-noticed at the time but was recently picked up by AMERICABlog News, reported the meeting last year.
A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.
Kislyak, according to multiple contemporaneous news reports, was seated in the front row. It was an invitation-only event.
A photo from AFP captures Kislyak taking his seat.
And this is another situation where Trump would resign before being impeached. If his tax returns go public, it would do more than endanger his presidency – it would irreparably damage the Trump brand, which is his greatest concern.
There should be no reason for him to produce his taxes for the year 2016 as they have not been filed yet so they have not been flagged for “routine auditing”, which apparently is the reason he won’t produce his 2015 taxes.