The President’s oldest son was assured damaging information about Hillary Clinton prior to meeting with a Russian lawyer in middle of the presidential campaign, according to a new report.
Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, inside Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, according to the New York Times.
The President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended the gathering. Veselnitskaya, who has deep ties to the Kremlin, promised to share damaging information with the campaign about Clinton, according to the Times.
It is unclear whether the lawyer turned over the promised dirt.
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Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged he met with the lawyer.
“After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said in a statement to the Times. “The woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
Instead, she pressed him about a law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. She also talked about the sudden halting of the adoption of Russian children by Americans as retaliation for that law, according to Trump Jr.
“It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.” Trump Jr. said in the statement.
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The President was not at the meeting, according to Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the President’s lawyer.
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