Donald Trump Jr. has admitted to taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer after he was promised damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
President Donald Trump's eldest son met with the Russian lawyer on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Trump Sr. won the Republican nomination, the Daily Mail reported.
The appointment was set up by an acquaintance Trump Jr. knew from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant, the president's son said in a statement obtained by The New York Times.
Trump Jr. reportedly took the meeting after he was promised information that would be "helpful" to his father's campaign. He said he did not know who he was meeting with at the time.
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The mystery guest ended up being Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. said their meeting quickly shifted focus after Veselnitskaya began talking about adoption.
Trump Jr. reported on their meeting:
I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign.
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I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance. We had a meeting in June 2016.
After pleasantries were exchanged 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.
She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act.
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. I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office.
The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.
Trump Sr. recently took to Twitter to talk about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe," the president tweeted. "Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don't have it. Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologize). Why did Obama do NOTHING when he had info before election?"