Following an NYT story on Sunday reporting that Donald Trump Jr had met with a Kremlin connected lawyer in June 2016, he has gone out of his way to try to prove it is all a ‘nothing burger’. To this end, this morning the President’s son took the unusual step of releasing the e-mails setting up the meeting on his public Twitter account. The e-mails pertain to a meeting between Trump Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin.
According to the e-mails and Trump Jr. himself, the meeting was originally set up by Rob Goldstone, a publicist known to the Trump family. The emails themselves involve Trump Jr being offered information damaging to Hillary Clinton by Emin Alagarov, son of real estate tycoon Aras Alagarov.
On June 3rd 2016, Mr Goldstone wrote: “Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
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— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
In the same email, Mr Goldstone wrote that “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.”
Both the House and Senate Intelligence committees, along with the Justice Department, are currently investigating whether there was any attempt at collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 election.
The final meeting took place at Trump Tower on June 9th. Trump Jr was joined in the meeting by Paul Manafort, who at the time was Trump’s Campaign Manager and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
In a statement, also released on Twitter, Trump Jr said “as we have said, she had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act.”