The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr. is having a meeting with a Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya this Thursday. He claims that she has damaging information about Hilary Clinton since it was important to learn about her “fitness” to be president. He believes that, since it concerns a presidential candidate, he should hear it at least.
During his interview with Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump Jr. stated that, despite his interest, he always intended to consult with his own lawyers, before using any information he got from Natalia Veselnitskaya at the meeting.
In the White House’s original statement, the President stated that the meeting mainly took place to discuss the Russian adoption program. On the other side, Trump Jr. claimed that it has been a waste of time.
A middleman offered Trump Jr. to set him up a meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya in an email. He promised information that could possibly incriminate the President’s opponent Hillary and her collaboration with Russia. According to the intermediary, it was very important information, but also part of Russia’s government support for Mr. Trump.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. responded.
The 2016 meeting in the Trump Tower was attended by eight publicly identified attendees, including Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Veselnitskaya’s translator, Anatoli Samochornov, Ike Kaveladze, an American-based representative of a Russian real estate firm; Rob Goldstone, the intermediary who set up the meeting; and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist.
Trump Jr., along with many senators, entered the meeting room, avoiding the media. The meeting prolonged until the next day.
They brought up the question if there was a conspiracy between Trump partners and Russian officials. They assume that it could possibly have influenced the result of the 2016 presidential election.
Trump Jr. refused to testify publicly before the Judiciary panel in July. Instead, he offered to give a private interview and provide a document. However, the panel’s leaders Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein said that they still insist on his public appearance before the panel. Otherwise, he will be served with a writ.
Russia is under suspicion to have made attempts to influence the US elections. Grassley’s panel is investigating issues related to the Russian campaigns, and if there were any violations of the law.