Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer he believed had damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the midst of the 2016 election, according to emails released Tuesday by the president’s eldest son.
The email exchange shows an acquaintance with ties to Russia, music publicist Rob Goldstone, told the son of then-candidate Donald Trump last year that the attorney has “information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
Though it was clear that Trump Jr. was told by Goldstone he would be meeting with a “Russian government attorney,” and that the information was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Trump Jr. expressed no hesitation in the email chain and in fact appeared enthusiastic.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. responded.
Trump Jr. said he was releasing the exchange “to be totally transparent.”
The email exchange makes clear that Trump Jr. set up the meeting thinking he would be speaking with a Russian government representative with information meant to boost his father’s campaign, and it comes as the Justice Department and two Congressional committees continue to investigate possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Read more at NBC.