“It was nothing”, claims Donald Trump Jr. regarding meeting with Russian lawyer
- - Jul 13, 2017
By Kalendra Withana,
With the pursuit of wanting to discover incriminating information about Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the US election, Donald Trump Jr. formed an alliance with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
On June 3, 2016, a British publicist had contacted Trump Jr., informing him of a Russian government attorney who possessed some certified documents that can potentially destroy Clinton’s career. The president’s son reply to this email was: “I love it.”
A few days later, it is reported that Trump Jr. met with Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. This meeting represents the first indication into the federal investigation that individuals in Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia in order to rig the US election.
However, it was concluded that the Russian attorney gave Trump Jr. no noteworthy information about Clinton and instead pressed on other matters in the meeting, such as the adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act. The Magnitsky Act is known as an American law that blacklists alleged Russian human rights abusers.
Veselnitskaya herself denied ever being aware of any incriminating information about Clinton, making the statement: “I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that”.
She further added that: "It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information. They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted."
Trump Jr. himself made the allegation: “It was all a set-up so she could come in and talk about adoption”.
In investigation of this matter, Donald Trump Jr. was forced to publically disclose the emails that he exchanged with the Russian attorney. New York Lawyer, Alan Futerfas, confirmed that the president’s son used inappropriate language in email replies.
Donald Trump Jr. admitted that he did not tell his father about this meeting and confessed that “I probably would have done things a little differently”.
In further justifying his actions, the president’s son claims that he was only doing oppositional research and this research was harmless because it took place before the narrative about the Russian meddling with the US election came to be.
Supporters condoning Donald Trump Jr.'s actions on Twitter, to which the president's son had no hesitation in 'retweeting'.
Sources – The Guardian, Business Insider, New York Post, New York Times