WASHINGTON (AP/CR) — After rumors of Russian aid to damage Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, President Donald Trump’s oldest son has finally confirmed email discussions released on his Twitter Tuesday morning.
The emails detail “Russia and its government’s support of Mr. Trump.” Donald Trump Jr. was in correspondence with music publicist, Rob Goldstone, who attempted to set up a meeting with “Russian government attorney” Natalia Veselnitskaya.
This is the first time documented proof has been released showing engagement with Russia to assist Trump in 2016. The conversations are dated June 6, 2016, five months before Trump was elected. The emails were released following The New York Times account of the conversations.
Helping during the campaign, Trump Jr. says the goal of releasing the emails is “to be totally transparent.” He was told by Goldstone, that Russia had “high level and sensitive information” to “incriminate” Clinton.
Veselnitskaya says she has never worked for the Russian government. However, she did meet with Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in New York.
“The woman, as she has said publicly, was not a government official,” Trump Jr. said in the Tuesday statement. “And, as we have said, she had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act.”
Days before the release Trump Jr. claimed their discussions were limited to Russian children and sanctions involving human rights violations in Russia. Once the emails were released, he changed his tune saying he was told Veselnitskaya had information about Clinton that could be “helpful” to Trump’s campaign.