An e-mail sent to Trump Jr. shows that the President’s son was allegedly aware of the Russian government’s intentions to help his father’s campaign.

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Prior to a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump Jr. was reportedly informed via email that the alleged damaging information for then-contending candidate Hillary Clinton came from the Russian government that was interested In helping the campaign of Donald Trump.

The New York Times cites three people who learned of the e-mail, which was sent by Rob Goldstone, a former British publicist and journalist who helped hold the controversial meeting.

The New York Times had already reported on the meeting between the president’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin at the Trump Tower in Manhattan. The meeting, which was also attended by Trump campaign director Paul J. Manafort and his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, took place on June 9, 2016 and is, until now, the first public proof of the interest expressed by the candidature Of Trump in information from Russia.

Initially, Trump Jr. attempted to devalue the meeting by calling it a “brief introductory meeting” during which they would have discussed a program of adoption of Russian children popular among American families. But the three people quoted by The New York Times say Goldstone’s message suggests that the Russian government was the source of potentially damaging information, the one Trump Jr. described as “vague, ambiguous and nonsensical information.”

In March, the FBI confirmed that it was investigating attempts by the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. At the time, FBI director James Comey said the investigation would focus on “the nature of all links between Individuals linked to the [Donald] Trump campaign team and the Russian Government and wanted to determine whether there was coordination between the campaign and the Russian efforts. ” Comey was fired in May.

 

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