“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information,” Goldstone’s email continues, “but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin [Agalarov, Aras’s son].”
“If it’s what you say,” Trump Jr. replies, “I love it.”
That’s it. Despite frequent protestations from President Trump on Twitter — “they made up a phony collusion with the Russians story,” “the story that there was collusion between the Russians
The 4 times Donald Trump Jr. has changed his story about meeting with a Russian lawyer – The Washington Post – By Callum Borchers July 11 at 1:56 PM
Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday tweeted images of an email chain and a statement about his meeting last year with a Russian attorney “in order to be totally transparent.” It is a little too late to claim credit for transparency, however.
President Trump’s oldest son told the New York Times in March that he might have attended meetings with Russians while the White House race was in progress — he is a businessman, after all — “but none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form.”
After emails are released, pro-Trump media launch flailing defense of Donald Trump Jr. – The Times reported on July 8 that Trump Jr. met with “a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin,” and the next day reported[+] that Trump Jr. “was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing” to the meeting. Initially, Trump Jr. falsely told the Times that the meeting, which was set up by publicist Rob Goldstone on behalf of a Russian singer, was “primarily about an adoption program.”
But on July 11, another Times report revealed details from email correspondence between Trump Jr. and Goldstone in which they arranged the meeting. Shortly before the Times published its July 11 report, Trump Jr. released emails between himself and Goldstone on Twitter to pre-empt
Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails Sound Like the Steele Dossier – Mother Jones – The emails reveal that top Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner attended the meeting and suggests that all three Trump advisers colluded in what seemed to be a Russian government-backed attempt to hurt Clinton in order to help Trump win the presidency. This new development contradicts the long series of denials from Trump defenders who have claimed that there was no collusion, that there was no evidence Russian leader Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win, and that the Trump-Russia affair is merely a hoax perpetuated by loser Democrats and fake news outlets.
The Trump Jr. emails also provide partial support for some information within the Steele dossier.
Team Trump Knew Kremlin Had Clinton Dirt and Lied About Russian Hacking – “The timeline makes sense,” a Justice Department official told The Daily Beast. “The offer is after the [DNC] hack itself. They [the Russians] already had the stuff and were figuring out how to use it.”
That means many of the denials by the Trump family and top campaign aides about Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign were lies. They knew the Kremlin wanted to give them a hand. They knew before just about anyone.
“It’s disgusting, it’s so phony. I can’t think of bigger lies,” Trump Jr. said in July 2016 when he was asked about the allegation Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee.
He got the email about Kremlin help in June.
Trump Jr.’s solicitation of information from Natalia Veselnitskaya may have violated campaign finance laws that prohibit foreign nationals from contributing anything of value to a campaign, said former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.