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March 26, 2023

Trump’s son releases email chain relating to meeting with Russian lawyer

Paul Manafort (C), then campaign advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, talks with supporters and staff after a speech by Trump on the eve of his Indiana primary victory in New York, New York, USA, 03 May 2016 (reissued 15 February 2017). According to media reports on 15 February 2017 citing US intelligence officials, Manafort allegedly was among the Trump aides involved in communication with Russian officials during the election campaign. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Washington, Jul 11 (EFE).- Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of United States President Donald Trump, on Tuesday released the email chain relating to his meeting with a Russian attorney who allegedly promised to provide incriminating information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In one email, publicist Rob Goldstone, who set up the meeting, tells Trump Jr. that the Russian lawyer would provide “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone said in the email.
“Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied on June 3, 2016.

Other emails provide details about the meeting with an individual identified as “the Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow.”

Trump Jr. indicated that he would probably attend the meeting with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Kushner, senior White House adviser, and Manafort are being targeted by investigators looking for evidence of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Trump Jr. released a statement accompanying the emails, supporting Goldstone’s claim that the meeting was “the most inane nonsense” he had ever heard.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner looks on during a meeting between US President Donald J. Trump and President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 30 June 2017. EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Later on Tuesday, Trump Jr. claimed not to have informed his father of the meeting because “there was nothing to tell. It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame”, he told Fox News.

The Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said in an exclusive interview with NBC News before the emails’ release that she had no links to the Kremlin and provided no incriminating information about Clinton.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Veselnitskaya said.

The lawyer, however, said it was possible that Trump Jr. thought she might have such information.

“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information. They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted,” Veselnitskaya said.

The lawyer, who said she did not work for the Russian government, told NBC that Trump Jr. asked if she “had any financial records which might prove that the funds used to sponsor the D.N.C. (Democratic National Committee) were coming from inappropriate sources.”

Veselnitskaya said the meeting was set up by a man she did not know.

“I never asked anybody for a particular meeting with Mr. Donald Trump Jr., or with anybody else,” the Russian lawyer said.