Rob Goldstone, a publicist who prepared the meeting on June 9, 2016 at Trump Tower, sent an email earlier to Trump Jr. advising that the information came from Moscow. He clarified that the information was part of the Kremlin’s attempts to help then-candidate Donald Trump reach the White House.
The eldest son of US President Donald Trump Jr. was aware that the information about the presidential candidate Hillary Clinton provided by a Russian lawyer he met during the campaign came from the Kremlin.
According to the New York Times, citing three sources on condition of anonymity, Rob Goldstone, the publicist who prepared the meeting on June 9, 2016 at the Trump Tower in New York, sent an email before that date to Trump Jr. advising that the information came from Moscow.
Goldstone further clarified in that email that the information was part of the Kremlin’s attempts to help then-candidate Donald Trump to reach the White House. Aware of the source, Trump Jr. received Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who allegedly sought to obtain compromising information to harm the then Democratic candidate for the White House, Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times revealed for the first time this meeting, which also included President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kusher, and then-campaign director Paul Manafort. Both Kusher and Manafort have long been in the spotlight of investigations into the Russian plot by their contacts with Kremlin officials.
A spokesman for Trump’s team of lawyers said the president was not aware of that meeting.
The Kremlin said Monday through the spokesman of the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, who does not know Veselnitskaya and can not “keep abreast of meetings held by all Russian lawyers inside and outside the country” .
A special prosecutor, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, and several US Congressional committees are seeking to investigate alleged Russian interference in the November election and possible contacts between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.