The initial report, which came about Saturday, mentioned that Trump Jr., along with White House Executive Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign head Paul Manafort attended the meeting at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Trump won the Republican nomination. Donald Trump Jr. subsequently acknowledged the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
However, in a followup report Sunday, the Times cited three White House advisers in stating that Trump Jr. booked the meeting because he thought the Russian lawyer had information on the Hillary Clinton campaign.
While Senators are calling for Trump Jr.’s indictment, a statement he released cited by the Times and eventually made available to other media outlets suggests the meeting was a heap of nothing.
“After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton,” the statement said. “Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
He claims he was asked to attend a meeting “with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign” and that his father was “not aware of and did not attend” the meeting.
“The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes,” he said. “As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.”
Now, upon the Senate intelligence committee’s request to interview the first son over the matter, Don Jr. took to Twitter to issue an obliging response.
In a tweet, he writes: “Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know.”
Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know. https://t.co/tL47NOoteM
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
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