The Trump-Russia ties and the controversy surrounding it continue to unfold months after the elections with latest reports claiming that Donald Trump’s eldest son met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer hoping to get information helpful to the campaign and damaging info about Hillary Clinton.
According to a report by the New York Times, Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after being promised information damaging to Hillary Clinton. The meeting happened in June at Trump Tower with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya wherein Trump Jr.’s brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was then the campaign chairman, were also present.
In a statement on Sunday, Trump Jr. did not confirm that the information he was promised would be damaging to Clinton. But he did say that he was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance he knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant who he was told might have information that would be helpful to the campaign. Trump Jr. said that during the meeting the attorney claimed to have information that “individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee” and supporting Clinton.
“No details or supporting information was provided or even offered,” Trump Jr. said. “It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
He said no details or supporting information was ever offered, and that his father was unaware of the meeting.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team, said only, “The President was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.”
Unlike Kushner, Trump Jr. does not serve in the administration and is not required to disclose his foreign contacts. The newspaper said the meeting was disclosed in recent days to government investigators filed a revised version of a form needed to obtain a security clearance. His attorney has previously acknowledged that Kushner’s first security clearance submissions were incomplete and contained errors. Manafort also recently disclosed the meeting to congressional investigators, the newspaper said.