Sources: Trump Jr. told Donald Trump about Meeting with Russian Lawyer
Donald Trump was informed that a Russian lawyer had contacted the campaign about the existence of potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton, before the meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and the lawyer took place last year.
U.S. Intelligence sources told The Liberal Advocate News that special prosecutor Robert Mueller has copies of email messages between father and son detailing the communication between father and son.
Our sources confirmed that President Trump was also informed that the meeting between Trump, Jr., and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was part of an effort by the Russians to help his campaign and he gave his blessings for the meeting to take place at Trump Tower.
“I have just been told that not only did Trump Jr., know that the meeting was about exchanging information that came from Russian hacking, he told his father about the meeting as well,” our source with knowledge of the meetings conformed.
The New York Times reported Monday that last year, Rob Goldstone sent an email to Trump Jr., informing him that the Russian lawyer had damaging information on Hillary Clinton and was willing to provide that information to him as “part of a Russian government effort to help the Trump campaign.”
The Times reported that Trump Jr., knew where the damaging information came from prior to the meeting and discussed the possibility with his father, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and other high ranking campaign officials.
“There was a meeting in Trump Tower after which then candidate Trump told them to go ahead and take the meeting with Veselnitskaya. The meeting would never have taken place without his say so,” our source added.
Besides Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort and others also attended the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya who sources say may be part of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
Since the news broke, Trump Jr., has hired a lawyer to defend his interests as the probe into Russian hacking and election influence gets closer to the Trump family.
Alan Futerfas, the lawyer for Trump Jr., denied the allegations in a statement calling it “much ado about nothing.”
He also denied that then candidate Donald Trump was aware of, or approved the meeting with the Russian lawyer
“The meeting lasted about 20-30 minutes, and nothing came of it. His father knew nothing about it. The bottom line is that Don, Jr. did nothing wrong. I have been representing people in investigatory matters for almost 30 years, and I see nothing here,” Alan Futerfas said.
For months President Trump and his team have denied any knowledge of or collusion with the Russians’ effort to influence the 2016 presidential election on behalf of their campaign.
On Saturday, Trump Jr., after initially denying attending any meeting confirmed that the meeting took place but said it was to discuss Russian adoption. That has since been proven to be a lie.
He however, confirmed on Sunday that he did attend the meeting after being told of the existence of potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton. He defended his decision to attend the meeting by saying he was not the first person to ever do so.
“Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen,”‘ he posted on Twitter.
Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen. https://t.co/ccUjL1KDEa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump fired his Security Adviser Michael Flynn for failing to inform his campaign of his meetings and relationships with people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump later fired FBI director James Comey for refusing to drop his probe into Trump campaign’s alleged relationship with the Russians, a move that led to the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller III.
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