Trump Jr. confirms: Russians offered him dirt on Clinton during election campaign

Donald Trump Jr. shared an email exchange on Twitter in which Russians offered him 'incriminating information' on Hillary Clinton during his father's election campaign: "This...is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Donald Trump Jr. Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

"I love it," the son of US President Donald Trump, Donald Jr., responded last June to the proposal to receive dirt on Hilary Clinton from Russian sources. In the emails that Trump Jr. shared today on Twitter, readers can see how he was offered to meet with "a Russian government attorney" who would be providing the incriminating information.

According to the first email in the exchange, sent on June 3, 2016, the information was "very high level and sensitive" and "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia" and would therefore "be very useful to your father."

"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer," Trump Jr. wrote back just minutes later. Shortly thereafter, a meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York between Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Sr.'s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and his son-in-law Jared Kuschner were also present.

Following the publication of the email exchange, Veselnitskaya confirmed meeting with Trump Jr., but ferverently denied giving him any information regarding Clinton and denied having any ties to the Kremlin.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” the lawyer said in an interview with NBC. Veselnitskaya said that she agreed to the meeting to discuss the Magnitsky Act, a Russian sanctions bill, on behalf of a client. A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the Kremlin does not know Veselnitskaya.

Yesterday, Trump Jr. hired Alan Futerfas, a private criminal-defense attorney, to represent him during the Justice Department's probe into his ties with the Kremlin. 



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