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Trump Jr. Told In Email Russian Lawyer Meeting Was Part of Russian Gov’t Plot To Help Trump Campaign: NYT


Trump Jr. Told In Email Russian Lawyer Meeting Was Part of Russian Gov’t Plot To Help Trump Campaign: NYT

Donald Trump Jr. was told before his meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton that the information was connected to intelligence gathered by the Russian government’s effort to help President Trump’s campaign, according to another bombshell report by the The New York Times on Monday.

The report states that Trump Jr. was informed about the intent of the meeting in an email he received from Rob Goldstone, the same music publicist who set up his meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Three sources who knew about the email say the damaging information that was promised about Hillary Clinton was sourced from the Russian government itself.

According to the Times:

Mr. Goldstone’s message, as described to The New York Times by the three people, indicates that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information. It does not elaborate on the wider effort by Moscow to help the Trump campaign. There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails.

The Times received the following response from Trump Jr.’s lawyer: “Robert Goldstone contacted Don Jr. in an email and suggested that people had information concerning alleged wrongdoing by Democratic Party front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in her dealings with Russia…Don Jr.’s takeaway from this communication was that someone had information potentially helpful to the campaign and it was coming from someone he knew. Don Jr. had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed.”

Trump Jr. indicated in a statement Sunday that he and his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his father’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, met with Veselnitskaya after being told she “might have information helpful to the campaign.”

“Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense,” Trump said. “No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

This is a developing story.


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