In an interview that aired Tuesday on NBC's "Today", Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr., as well as President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort, said she received a phone call from a man she didn't know and was told to meet with Trump Jr.
The emails with publicist Rob Goldstone show that Trump Jr. was told that the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia.
The email chain, released in its entirety by Donald Jr on his Twitter account, added fuel to the political firestorm swirling over allegations that Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 election.
"All I knew was that Donald Trump Jr. was willing to meet with me", she said through a translator.
The email disclosure now thrusts the president's son to the center of multiple USA investigations by Congress and by the FBI as to whether Trump's team was in the know. As congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, investigate, the emails will nearly certainly be reviewed for any signs of potential campaign collusion with the Kremlin, which the White House has repeatedly denied.
Ethically, meanwhile, the issue is unambiguous: It's rotten to degrade our democracy by seeking "opposition research" from a foreign operative representing a Russian government that has annexed Crimea, destabilized eastern Ukraine, kept the heinous Assad government in power in Syria, suppressed its own citizens' human rights, and attempted repeatedly to divide Western societies through election meddling and propaganda dissemination.
When news of the meeting first broke, Trump, Jr. Trump also appeared in a music video with the younger Agalarov.
Graham said he found it "odd" that Veselnitskaya apparently had "absolutely nothing" in terms of the alleged damaging information Trump Jr. was promised.
The starkest suggestion yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation has come from the president's son himself.
The story that Trump Jr. was offered potential information from the Russian government to aide his father's campaign was first reported by The New York Times and came after months of staunch denials from President Trump that his campaign had connections to Russia. He claimed that the meeting "ended up being primarily about adoptions". Moscow ended the adoptions in response to Magnitsky Act sanctions created in response to alleged human rights violations in Russian Federation.
Politicians are beginning to comment on Trump Jr.'s tweets with Sen.