Donald Trump Jr. releases email chain on Russian lawyer meeting
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The president's son released an email chain related to his meeting with a Russian lawyer "in order to be totally transparent."
On Monday, the New York Times reported the emails related to information on Hillary Clinton that could be helpful to the Trump campaign.
The Associated Press reported the thread pertained to information related to purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee.
The four-page document details the exchange with Rob Goldstone - who set up the meeting by request of Emin Agalarov - a Russian pop star connected to the Kremlin; the subject line was "FW: Russia - Clinton - private and confidential."
On June 3, 2016 Goldstone reaches out to inform Trump Jr. about information related to "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father."
"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," the email continues.
Asking to set up the meeting, Goldstone asks the best way to handle the details.
"Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer," Trump Jr. responded.
The conversation continues over the course of that week - that ultimately ended with a meeting that included then-campaign boss Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.
Trump Jr. explained in a statement published on Twitter he knew Agalarov from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant near Moscow.
"The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political "Opposition Research," he stated.
"I decided to take the meeting."
The woman, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has denied accusations she was a Russian government official.
"To put this in context," Trump Jr. states "this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue."
"As Rob Goldstone said just today in the press, the entire meeting was 'the most inane nonsense I ever heard. And I was actually agitated by it.'"