Donald Trump, Jr has released emails referenced by the New York Times in an article about a meeting between Trump, Jr. and a Russian lawyer last year. Trump, Jr. released the emails on Tuesday, July 11, to clear up misinformation in the New York Times report.
In the emails, a Russian tabloid writer, Rob Goldstone, claimed he had an offer "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."
Goldstone continued: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Trump, Jr. replied: “If it’s what you say I love it.”
Trump, Jr. and Goldstone know each other through his association with President Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant years ago.
The New York Times alleged that the emails proved collusion between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government -- even though the Russian lawyer has no ties to the Russian government.
Trump, Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and another man took part in the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016.
Shortly after the meeting began, Kushner got up and left the room. He never came back into the room, according to Natalia.
Trump, Jr. ended the meeting after 20 or 30 minutes, once it became clear that Natalia did not have dirt on Mrs. Clinton.
All presidential candidates dig for dirt on their opponents wherever they can find it.
Trump, Jr. said Natalia wanted to discuss the Russian adoption policy that bans adoptions of Russian children to same-sex American couples.
Natalia told NBC News on Tuesday that the president's son wanted dirt on Hillary Clinton "very badly."
Read the emails below.
Here's my statement and the full email chain pic.twitter.com/x050r5n5LQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017