Emails: Russian Source
Promised Trump Son Incriminating Information on Clinton
July 11, 2017
Newly disclosed emails show U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest
son last year was promised incriminating information from a
Russian lawyer about Trump's opponent in the 2016 election,
Democrat Hillary Clinton, to bolster Moscow's support of the
real estate mogul's candidacy.
Donald Trump Jr. released the string of emails Tuesday that he
exchanged with Rob Goldstone, a U.S. music publicist who was
representing Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met
with the younger Trump in mid-June last year, shortly after his
father had clinched the Republican party's nomination for
The emails come as Russian interference in the election is the
subject of numerous investigations in Congress and a criminal
probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The U.S. intelligence community has already concluded that
Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed a campaign
aimed at discrediting the U.S. election, damaging Clinton's
reputation and helping Trump defeat her.
'Very useful to your father'
In a June 3 email, Goldstone told the younger Trump that "The
Crown prosecutor of Russia ... offered to provide the Trump
campaign with some official documents and information that would
incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be
very useful to your father."
"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but
is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump,"
the email said.
Within minutes, the younger Trump replied, "If it's what you say
I love it especially later in the summer."
Days later, Goldstone referred to Veselnitskaya as "the Russian
government attorney who is flying over from Moscow" to meet with
the younger Trump. Moscow has denied knowing Veselnitskaya and
rejected U.S. claims that it meddled in the election.
As he released the emails, Donald Trump Jr. said that when he
met with the attorney it became obvious to him that she did not
have incriminating evidence about Clinton to hand to him and
that Veselnitskaya quickly turned the conversation to
discussions about sanctions the U.S. had placed on Russia and
Moscow's response ending adoption of Russian children by
The White House on Monday, before the disclosure of the chain of
Donald Trump Jr.'s chain of emails, defended his meetingwith
Veselnitskaya, saying that it proved there was no collusion
between the Trump campaign and Russia to help Trump's campaign
because nothing came of the talks.
younger Trump met Veselnitskaya along with then-Trump campaign
manager Paul Manafort and the eventual president's son-in-law,
Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, both
of whom are now White House advisers to the president.
Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russian attorney is the
first known contact between senior Trump campaign officials and
Russian interests during the campaign. The New York Times first
disclosed the younger Trump's meeting with the Russian lawyer,
but his lawyer dismissed the story as "much ado about nothing."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday, "The
presidentís campaign did not collude in any way. Don Jr. did not
collude with anybody to influence the election. Our position is
that no one within the Trump campaign colluded in order to
influence the election."
With the release of the emails, however, Republican Senator
Lindsey Graham said that the younger Trump "definitely has to
testify" before a Senate panel probing Russia's election