Recent revelations related to "Russiagate" could land Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in prison.
Trump Jr. convened a meeting in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide damaging information about Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, reported The New York Times on July 8.
In a statement on July 9, Trump Jr. acknowledged that the meeting happened, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.
Then on July 10, The Times reported that Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the promised material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.
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The email was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter, who helped set up the meeting.
Goldstone’s message, as described by the three people, indicates that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information.
"It’s a crime to solicit or accept anything from a foreign national in a campaign," MSNBC justice and security analyst Matthew Miller said on an episode of "Morning Joe," reports The Inquisitr, citing The Wrap. "It doesn’t have to be money … it can be, potentially, accepting information. So he’s potentially confessing in his statement to committing a crime."
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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, also attended the meeting.
It is widely assumed that the email will become key evidence in the Justice Department and congressional investigations into whether any of Trump Sr.'s associates colluded with the Russian government to disrupt the 2016 elections.
American intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government tried to sway the election in favor of Trump Sr.
Trump Jr. has retained a lawyer, Alan Futerfas, who insists that his client had done nothing wrong.
“In my view, this is much ado about nothing. During this busy period, 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,” he told The Times in an email. “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 Sr. learned from his aides about the 2016 meeting after concluding his trip to Europe for the G20 summit, according to a White House official, reports The Times. However, some White House officials had known about it for several days, because Kushner had revised his foreign contact disclosure document to include it.