Where someone gets flustered into confessing more than they were actually accused of?
It has to be a trope, but a dive into TV Tropes has failed me. It's not quite Accidental Public Confession
-- something more specific than that.
I mean, as I understand it, the NYT had sources who described a message they had seen in which "Skittles" Jr. was told that the information he was hoping to get was from Russia.
The e-mails he Tweeted show that he he was explicitly told he was going to get "high level and sensitive information" as "part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."From the WaPo
: The email exchange showed clearly that Trump Jr. understood he was taking the meeting as a way of channeling information directly from the government of a nation hostile to the United States to his father’s campaign.Here is a journalist who was chasing this story for a year. Here is the sound of his head exploding
I'm still boggling that they wrote it in an e-mail
, "part of Russia and its government support for Mr. Trump", come to the meeting so we can provide "very high level and sensitive information", maybe I've watched too much spy tv but I vaguely thought there'd be some sort of subterfuge, some sort of nudge-and-wink, if not actual covert communication, but LOLNOPE.sashayed
: #SUBJECT: wanna come 2 treason meeting #FROM: collusion at kremlin dot ru
, I have wondered
if it's so absurdly blatant on purpose
, as part of a Russian intelligence scheme of some kind. Or maybe everyone's just that fucking stupid.)
And then Skittles forwarded the whole e-mail chain to Kushner and Manafort at their work e-mail addresses
Also, it's been suggested that talking about "adoptions" is basically standard code for talking about sanctions
(the Russian ban on adoptions was imposed in response to US sanctions; re-starting adoptions would presumably mean lifting sanctions):
In which case, if Skittles is actually telling the truth that they went to the meeting and then this wacky lawyer just talked about adoptions so he concluded it was a dead end -- his official line of defense is essentially "I totally wanted
to collude, but was too fucking stupid to recognize the quid pro quo being offered."
Also, anyone else have a McDonald's earworm? ("Collusion: I'm lovin' it".)