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Trump Jr says he ‘probably would have done things a little differently’During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Donald Trump Jr. said that his father was not aware of his meeting with a Russian attorney in 2016. “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently,” he admitted.
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Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, commented Tuesday evening for the first time on his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential election campaign. In an interview with Fox News, he said his father was not aware of the meeting and described it as “a nothing.”
The U.S. president’s eldest son said that he agreed to meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in order to obtain information that could damage his father’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. “This is before the Russia-mania, this is before they were building it up in the press,” he said. “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.”
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“For me, this was opposition research: they had something, you know, maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I’d been hearing about, probably underreported for years, not just during the campaign, so I think I wanted to hear it out,” he explained. “But really it went nowhere and it was apparent that wasn’t what the meeting was actually about.”
My son, Donald, will be interviewed by @seanhannity tonight at 10:00 P.M. He is a great person who loves our country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
“I had been reading about scandals that people were probably underreporting for a long time, so maybe it was something that had to do with one of those things,” Trump Jr. added. “I didn’t know if there was any credibility. I didn’t know if there was anything behind it. I can’t vouch for the information. Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly.”
On Twitter yesterday, Trump Jr. revealed his response to the proposal he received in June 2016. In one of the messages, readers can see how he was offered to meet with a “Russian government attorney” who would be providing the incriminating information on Clinton.
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
Here is page 4 (which did not post due to space constraints). pic.twitter.com/z1Xi4nr2gq— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
The U.S. president responded on Tuesday night to the scandal surrounding his eldest son. “I’ve got a quick statement that I will read from the President: ‘My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,’” said Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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