An email sent last year to Donald Trump Jr. mentions something about a Russian lawyer who possesses “compromising” information related to Hillary Clinton in the “Russia’s effort” to help Donald Trump to score a victory, the New York Times has reported.
Quoting three sources familiar with the case, the American paper writes that Rob Goldstone, who met with Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselniţkaia, forwarded the controversial email to Jr.
The information that Trump Jr. would have been receiving information from the Russian government in order to help his father with the campaign we’re firmly denied by the president himself on Monday.
Alan Futerfas, one of Donald Jr.’s lawyers said in a press release that these are all rumors.
He described the May – June 2016 an extremely busy period for the president’s oldest son and the email sent by Goldstone mentioned something about Hillary Clinton violating the law in Russia.
“The meeting lasted about 20 – 30 minutes and didn’t mean anything”, Futerfas said.
“His father did not know anything about it. The point is Donald Jr. did not do anything wrong. I have people investigating this stuff for almost 30 years and I see nothing here”, added the lawyer.
The New York Times notes that it is not clear whether Goldstone knew where the possible information came from.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, head of the campaign, accompanied Donald Trump Jr. at the meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselniţkaia that took place at the Trump Tower.
Trump Jr. said he was told that the person he was going to meet might have “useful” information on Donald Trump’s campaign.
The meeting was apparently organized by a Russian citizen, known as Emin Agalarov.
Trump appeared in a music video with Agalarov in 2013 and the video was shot while Trump was in Russia at the Miss Universe contest.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Rob Goldstone claimed she possesses valuable information related to some illegal contributions to the Democratic National Committee (CND), which he thought Donald Trump Jr. might consider useful.
Donald Trump Jr. admitted he had met with the Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. He wrote on Twitter on Monday that the meeting “did not go anywhere” but that he had to listen.