President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., posted a series of email messages to Twitter on Tuesday showing him eagerly accepting help from what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The email back-and-forth shows Trump Jr. eagerly accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer last June in hopes of obtaining information that he was told could incriminate Clinton. Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin told the Associated Press that besides Trump Jr., Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and himself, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort were also at the meeting, adding a new wrinkle to the Trump team's evolving explanations about the June 2016 session.
In the emails, the publicist, Rob Goldstone, describes the lawyer as a “Russian government attorney” who has dirt on Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” "I love it," Trump Jr. said in one email response.
Trump Jr. has publicly discounted the meeting, saying he did not receive the information he was promised.