Trump Jr.: Yes I Sought Dirt from Russians to Determine Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fitness’ for Office
Donald Trump Jr. admitted to congressional investigators this morning that he purposefully met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya because he was looking for dirt on 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In a prepared statement before his meeting with the U.S. Senate Judicial Committee this morning, Donald Jr. said he agreed to meet with the Russians in June 2016 because he was looking for ways to determine if Hillary Clinton was fit for office.
“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” Trump Jr. told investigators.
According to The New York Times, Trump Jr. said he was initially conflicted about taking the meeting but decided that if the information provided by the Russian lawyer was important, he would consult with his attorney before proceeding further.
“Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration,” he said.
Trump Jr. has been in the meeting with Senate Judicial Committee investigators for nearly two hours.
The Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya resulted from an email message Trump Jr. received from a family associate intimating that the Russians may have “damaging information” that may be beneficial to the Trump campaign.
But this morning, Don Jr. said his father’s campaign was more chaotic than most people believed and that resulted in the meeting taking place, not because he or the campaign intended to collude with the Russians.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is currently investigating whether Trump, his businesses, family or campaign associates knowingly colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections.
Mueller is also investigating whether the president committed obstruction of justice when he fired former FBI director James Comey earlier this year.
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