Donald Trump Jr. releases screenshots of entire email thread regarding Russian lawyer meeting

Henry Bevington
By Henry Bevington
July 11, 2017Politics
Donald Trump Jr. releases screenshots of entire email thread regarding Russian lawyer meeting
Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech during a ceremony for the official opening of the Trump International Tower Hotel in Vancouver, Canada on Feb. 28, 2017. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

The son of President Donald Trump on Tuesday released screenshots of an email thread that allegedly shows the arrangement of a meeting between him and a Russian lawyer.

Details of the meeting, which according to reports took place inside the Trump Tower in New York City, were released by Donald Trump Jr. “in order to be totally transparent.” The email chain, dated June 2016, showed his correspondence with music publicist Rob Goldstone. “To put this in context, this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue,” he wrote.

In the email, Goldstone tells Trump: “The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with 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—helped along by Aras and Emin.”

Trump Jr. then responds.

“Thanks Rob I appreciate that,” Trump Jr. told Goldstone. “I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Trump Jr. released another statement on the alleged emails and meeting on Tuesday.

“To everyone, in order to be totally transparent, I am releasing the entire email chain of my emails with Rob Goldstone about the meeting on June 9, 2016,” he wrote.

He added: “The first email on June 3, 2016 was from Rob, who was relating a request from Emin, a person I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant near Moscow. Emin and his father have a very highly respected company in Moscow. The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opposition Research. I first wanted to just have a phone call but when that didn’t work out, they said the woman would be in New York and asked if I would meet. I decided to take the meeting.”

(Donald Trump Jr. Twitter screenshot)
(Donald Trump Jr. Twitter screenshot)

“The woman, as she has said publicly, was not a government official. And, as we have said, she had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act. To put this in context, this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue. As Rob Goldstone said just today in the press, the entire meeting was ‘the most inane nonsense I ever heard. And I was actually agitated by it,'” his statement read.

Reports say that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and ex-Trump chairman Paul Manafort attended the June 9, 2016, meeting.

But the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. denied having any dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News Tuesday.

From The Epoch Times

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