Donald Trump Jr. Emails: ‘I Love It’ When Offered Russian Info on Clinton

Donald Trump Jr. Emails ‘I Love It’ When Offered Russian Info on Clinton

Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer he believed had damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the midst of the 2016 election — and wrote “I love it” about the prospect of getting his hands on the material, according to emails released Tuesday by the president’s eldest son.

The email exchange shows an acquaintance with ties to Russia, music publicist Rob Goldstone, told the son of then-candidate Donald Trump last year that the attorney has “information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

Though it was clear that Trump Jr. was told by Goldstone he would be meeting with a “Russian government attorney,” and that the information was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Trump Jr. expressed no hesitation in the email chain and in fact appeared enthusiastic.

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. responded.

The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told NBC News in an exclusive interviewTuesday that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss U.S. sanctions against Russia and that she did not have any information about the Clinton campaign.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Veselnitskaya said.

The email exchange makes clear that Trump Jr. set up the meeting thinking he would be speaking with a Russian government representative with information meant to boost his father’s campaign, and it comes as the Justice Department and two Congressional committees continue to investigate possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote Trump Jr. in one email.

Goldstone described the lawyer as working for the Russian government, but she denied that in the NBC New interview.

President Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied any collusion between the campaign and Russian officials.

“My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency,” President Trump said in a statement, released through White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said she is not aware of the last time the president spoke with his son, but that he is “frustrated” that Russia continues to be a distraction from his agenda.

Trump Jr. said he was releasing the emails “to be totally transparent.” But an editor for The New York Times said the emails were made public by Trump Jr. after he was informed the paper was publishing a story about them.

Trump Jr. has said the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower that also included Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign manager Paul Manafort, was primarily about Russian adoptions and provided no useful information about the Clinton campaign. Donald Trump did not attend the meeting, according to his son.

“As Rob Goldstone said just today in the press, the entire meeting was ‘the most inane nonsense I ever heard. And was actually agitated by it,'” Trump Jr. said in the statement.

Members on Capitol Hill were quick to react, including some Republicans who said this is another troubling sign for the Trump White House.

“As I’ve said many times in the past, there is another shoe that will drop and there will be other shoes that will drop,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told reporters.

“This constant drip, drip, drip, to be able to get one more piece for one more story of something doesn’t help the White House, doesn’t help our investigation. Let’s get it all,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Clinton’s running mate during the 2016 election, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said the emails show the scope of the investigation has grown.

“We’re now beyond obstruction of justice, in terms of what’s being investigated. This is moving into perjury false statements and even into potentially treason,” Kaine said.

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