Trump Jr. knew Russia had plans to help his dad, New York Times claims

The report by New York Times revealed that Trump Jr. was told in an email of Russia’s effort to enhance his father’s effort to win the last elections over Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

According to the report by New York Times, Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy.

Reports say the email was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting between the younger Mr. Trump and Russian officials. Two days ago, Donald Trump Jr. confirmed the get-together in a statement, describing it as “a short introductory meeting” that focused mainly on the issue of child adoption. He said he also asked Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort to take part in the meeting. A lawyer for Kushner said Trump’s son-in-law “briefly attended” the meeting.

Continuing, Trump Jr said; “But it was not a campaign issue at that time and there was no follow up,” he said in the statement. “I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”

Recall that after the US elections, intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of Democratic political groups to discredit the election and sway the voting towards Republican Trump, who won an upset victory in November.

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