What was discussed between Trump Jr and Natalia?

President Donald Trump’s son has hit back at US media reports of his meeting with a Russian lawyer who said she had damaging material about Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr denied issuing inconsistent statements about last year’s meeting.

He also suggested it was normal practice to receive information about a political opponent.

US officials are investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign head, Paul J Manafort, were also at the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Mr Trump Jr insists she provided “no meaningful information” on Mrs Clinton, his father’s rival for the presidency.

On Monday he tweeted sarcastically: “Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent.”

He then tweeted: “No inconsistency in statements… In response to further Q’s [questions] I simply provided more details.”

And he linked to a piece in the New York Post headlined “The Times’ exposé’ on Donald Trump Jr is a big yawn”.

When was the meeting and how did it come to light?

It took place on 9 June 2016 at New York’s Trump Tower, just two weeks after Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination.

It is thought to be the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of President Trump’s inner circle.

After the New York Times first reported the meeting on Saturday, Mr Trump Jr released a statement which confirmed that it had taken place but did not mention whether it was related to the presidential campaign.

However, another Times report, on Sunday, said Mr Trump Jr had agreed to the meeting after being offered information that would potentially prove detrimental to Mrs Clinton.

The paper cited three White House advisers briefed on the meeting, and two others with knowledge of it, as its sources.

Mr Trump Jr said that an acquaintance he had known from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant had set up the meeting. The Washington Post said that figure was music publicist Rob Goldstone, who has links to the Russian music industry.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr Trump Jr said he had been asked to meet “an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign”.

“I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared [Kushner] and Paul [Manafort] to attend, but told them nothing of the substance.”

What was discussed at the meeting?

Mr Trump Jr’s statement continues: “After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs Clinton.

“Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.

“She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act.

“It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”

Ms Veselnitskaya said on Saturday that “nothing at all was discussed about the presidential campaign” and insisted she had “never acted on behalf of the Russian government and have never discussed any of these matters with any representative of the Russian government”.

What is the Magnitsky Act and who is Natalia Veselnitskaya?

Adopted by Congress in 2012, the act allows the US to withhold visas and freeze financial assets of Russian officials thought to have been involved in human rights violations.

It is named after a Moscow lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who had accused Russian officials of tax fraud but was himself arrested and died in police custody.

The US law so incensed President Vladimir Putin that he suspended a programme allowing Americans to adopt Russian children.

Mr Veselnitskaya is a lawyer whose clients include companies and individuals said to be close to the Kremlin and she has been at the forefront of a campaign – backed by the Russian state – to overturn the Magnitsky Act.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted the Kremlin had no idea who she was: “We cannot keep a close watch on the meetings of all Russian lawyers inside the country and abroad.”


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source : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40560191

  • kassa1

    Say why don’t they go ask Bill Clinton what he was talking about when he had all these different women that he’s fondled and even so-called Raped! I don’t we ask Bill Clinton how much she got for selling nuclear secrets to the communist Chinese, or how much Hillary got for selling 20% of our uranium to Russia, or how about Podesta and all the thousands of shares he got from the Russians, what about that? These are real factual things Not chasing a ghost in the dark like this BS Russian collusion thing with Trump.

  • Warren

    There is loads of evidence of Treason & Criminal Acts of Top Democrats including obama hillary jarrett Lynch Learner holder abedin Podesta and all you concentrate on is this petty meeting Crap involving Trumps that were set up by the Seditionist Party (Formerly the Democratic Party) Lets get busy and start Prosecuting these Subversive Traitors and reopen the 80 some mysterious Death Trail of the Clintons.