Trump aides wanted info 'so badly — Russian lawyer

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Whether by plan or happenstance, Donald Trump Jr is stumbling into an increasingly dire situation.

An email sent to Donald Trump Jr. last year stated that a Russian lawyer had "compromising" information about Hillary Clinton as "part of a Russian government effort" to help the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Monday.

On Sunday, Trump Jr. said in a statement that he had attended the meeting in the hope that there would be helpful information for the campaign.

Yet it was widely viewed as retaliation for the Magnitsky law. He's used to translating information to make it immediately accessible and actionable for the Commander-in-Chief.

He later tweeted to rebut the notion that his explanation for the meeting had changed.

EMIN AGALAROV: (Singing) You can keep the lights on. Then, he trained for six months and became a bottle-flipping master to prank his students on the last day of school. The answer is, "No, absolutely not, not in a million years".

"No one would imagine [the Trumps] would be a bumbling family ... that would have this level of incompetence".

It is unclear whether Goldstone had direct knowledge of the origin of the damaging material.

A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

The White House, in response to repeated requests from Foreign Policy, has refused to release a list of people who have access to the President's Daily Brief-the list itself would be unclassified. Goldstone did not immediately respond to attempts to contact him Monday night. His statement did not dispute the Times report on the email.

As the "no evidence of collusion" argument collapses, the president's allies are retreating to a new line of defense: collusion is not a crime. He maintained that his various statements about the meeting weren't in conflict.

She continued, "The other individual who was at the same meeting, was always looking at his phone".

Alan Futerfas, the lawyer Donald Trump Jr. has hired to represent him in connection with Russia-related probes, has over 25 years experience in handling government investigations and criminal cases.

Aras Agalarov was also working to partner with Mr Trump in bringing Trump Tower to Russia, a project that never materialised, Forbes said, estimating that his fortune was worth about $1.9bn (£1.4bn). He said he then e-mailed Donald Trump Jr., outlining what the lawyer alleged to have. Any assets they may have in the United States are frozen. "Never, never ever", he said.

"I think we need to bring in anyone that was present in that meeting, anyone who had a role in setting up that meeting".

The sequence of events that led to the June 2016 meeting highlighted the web of relationships that investigators now are sorting through.

Wonder how many man-hours the NY Times devoted to uncovering this "bombshell" while actual news which actual people care about goes unreported?

Donald Trump Jr. revealed on Sunday that, in June of 2016, he was lured by an unnamed acquaintance into a meeting with the promise of "information helpful to the campaign".

In December 2012, soon after then-president Barack Obama signed the Magnitsky Act, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning American citizens from adopting Russian children.

Trump Jr.'s emphasis on the fact that his meeting with Veselnitskaya was glaringly, frustratingly pointless misses the overarching point at hand, presumably on purpose.

The meeting was set up by Rob Goldstone, a music publicist, the Washington Post reports. Goldstone, who is a colorful character, was once interviewed on NPR's Talk of the Nation about traveling when you're overweight. Trump Jr. initially said the meeting focused on a disbanded Russian adoption program.

What was discussed at the meeting?

Or in the 21st century: pound the media and tweet like hell. Sticking to the deals is one of six key demands the Gulf nations have set as requirements to mend relations with Qatar.

According to the NBC interview, Veselnitskaya suggested she didn't initiate the meeting; she says she was lobbying against U.S. sanctions affecting Moscow but wasn't acting on behalf of the Kremlin.

The president learned from his aides about the 2016 meeting at the end of the trip, according to a White House official.

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