NYT: Email to Trump Jr. cites Russian government effort to help Trump campaign
Washington (CNN) – An email sent to Donald Trump Jr. last year said a Russian lawyer had Hillary Clinton’s “commitment” information as “part of an effort by the Russian government” to help the Trump campaign informed the New York Times on Monday.
Citing three people with e-mail inquiries, the Times reports that Rob Goldstone, who Trump Jr. connected to Russian lawyer, sends an email to Trump Jr. that shows the Russian government as a potential source of information could harm Clinton.
The story that Trump Jr. was offered the potential information of the Russian government to help his father’s campaign came after months of President Donald Trump’s signature denial that his campaign was linked to Russia.
Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., said in a statement after the story that it was “a special form of nothing.”
The statement called the May period in early June 2016 “an intensely busy time” Trump Jr. The statement said that Goldstone had sent an email with Trump’s son about irregularities in Clinton Russia.
“The meeting lasted about 20-30 minutes and nothing happened,” said Futerfas. “In the end, Don, Jr. has done nothing wrong. I have represented research people for almost 30 years and I do not see anything here.”
Who is the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya? 01:55
In response to previous reports to the Times revealing the June 2016 meeting, Trump Jr. said in a statement Sunday that he met Natalia Veselnitskaya, Russian lawyer for Trump Tower in June.
Goldstone did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests to comment on the latest Times reports. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the President’s legal team, reiterated an earlier statement saying: “The president was not informed and did not attend the meeting.”
The Times said it was unclear if the Goldstone information knew where potential, and one person, the report quoted, says Goldstone was sending information Trump Jr., which had been crossed by several other people.
At the time of the June meeting with Veselnitskaya, Trump had secured the Republican presidential nomination. In his statement, Trump Jr. said the meeting also involved his brother Jared Kushner, who now serves as chief advisor to Trump and Paul Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign at the time.
The White House defends the Trump Jr. meeting 3:55
Trump Jr. said Saturday that the meeting focused primarily on adoption policy and was unrelated to the campaign.
Veselnitskaya was a major activist against the Magnitsky Act, a US law of the perpetrators of human rights violations of Russian man. In response to the adoption of the Magnitsky law, Russian President Vladimir Poutine has barred Americans from adopting Russian children.
Sunday, Trump Jr. said in a statement that had attended the meeting in the hope that there would be no useful information for the campaign. He defended his actions extensively on Twitter, saying with sarcasm at one point: “Obviously, I am the first person to hold a meeting to hear information about an opponent … I went nowhere, but I had to listen.