'I Love It,' Trump Jr. Responded to Prospect of Info From Russia

He releases full email chain setting up last year's meeting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2017 10:48 AM CDT
Trump Jr. Tweets Out Email Exchange Setting Up Meeting
Donald Trump Jr. has tweeted the entire email chain leading up to last year's meeting with a Russian lawyer.   (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The dribs and drabs about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer just ramped up significantly. The president's son tweeted out his full email exchange with an ally in Russia who set up last year's meeting, reports the Hill. Part one is here, and the final page is here. Trump tweeted them after the New York Times informed him it was about to publish his back-and-forth with British-born publicist Rob Goldstone. In his initial email, Goldstone said he wanted to arrange the meeting to pass along documents that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." He added, "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." Trump Jr. quickly responded, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer." (In a statement Tuesday, Trump Jr. insisted again that nothing came of the meeting in terms of Clinton information.)

Eventually, the pair arranged for Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to meet with Trump Jr. in New York. She has said she had no damaging information about Clinton, nor ties to the Kremlin, though Goldstone refers to her as a "Russian government attorney" in an email. Goldstone told Trump Jr. that he was writing on behalf of his client, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose billionaire father has ties to both Putin and the Trump business empire. "Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting," he wrote. "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." Because Russia has no crown prosecutor, the Times thinks Goldstone was referring to the prosecutor general of Russia, a close Putin ally. (Read more Donald Trump Jr. stories.)

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