The New York Times revealed this past weekend that Donald Trump Jr. arranged a 2016 meeting between himself, a Kremlin-connected lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya, and two top Trump campaign staffers, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.
The purpose of this meeting has slowly come out as having been for Trump Jr. to procure information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy. Trump Jr. did not initially admit to this, instead simply saying that he and those present had discussed an “adoption program.” He has, however, now admitted to meeting with Veselnitskaya expecting to get dirt on Clinton.
Even still, those involved in the meeting have maintained that their interactions were effectively inconsequential and had nothing to do with the Russian government.
However, according to another New York Times report, those claiming as much are lying.
The email that Trump Jr. got that invited him to meet with Veselnitskaya allegedly stated that the source of the information he would receive was none other than the Russian government. This email was sent by a publicist named Rob Goldstone, and its contents were described to the New York Times by three individuals with knowledge of the email.
Trump Jr. maintains that he did nothing wrong, and it remains unclear what exact source came up with the info that Veselnitskaya passed onto Trump Jr. and that the latter eventually dismissed as meaningless.
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