U.S. President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., reportedly met with a Russian official who had been pushing for a meeting between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential race.
Trump Jr. has also fielded controversy for meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Nov. 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee submitted a letter to White House special adviser Jared Kushner, informing him that he had not submitted documents that were relevant to the panel's investigation into Russian meddling during the election.
"We appreciate your voluntary cooperation with the Committee's investigation, but the production appears to have been incomplete ... other parties have produced documents concerning a 'Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite' which Mr. Kushner also forwarded," the letter stated.
The 'backdoor overture' was reportedly issued by Alexander Torshin, a Russian official closely affiliated with the Kremlin. Torshin had allegedly attempted to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election.
On Nov. 20, a source familiar with the situation disclosed that Trump Jr. had briefly spoken with Torshin during a National Rifle Association event in May 2016, CBS News reports.
Trump Jr. and Torshin reportedly spoke about firearms for up to three minutes. The source familiar with their conversation said that the topic of the presidential race did not come up.
Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, released a statement asserting that his client "was attending an NRA convention and having dinner when an acquaintance asked him to say hello to Torshin and made an introduction. They made small talk for a few minutes and went back to their separate meals."
In June 2016, Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower on the promise that she possessed compromising information about Clinton. Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting, according to The New York Times.
British publicist Rob Goldstone had helped arrange the meeting. In an email to Trump Jr., Goldstone asserted that Veselnitskaya's information was "very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."
"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer," Trump Jr. responded.
Trump Jr. later stated he ended the meeting with Veselnitskaya after he determined that she had no damaging information about Clinton.
Torshin has alleged ties to the Russian mafia. In August 2016, he asserted during an interview that he had met Trump in 2015 and subsequently met with Trump Jr. at the NRA dinner and that he had photographic proof of the encounter, the National Post reports.