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Donald Trump admits his son met with Russian to get information on opponent

Donald Trump in new tweets on Sunday, admitted that his son met with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower in 2016 “to get information on an opponent” but defended it as “totally legal.”

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He tweeted;

Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!

This is Mr Trump’s most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival for the presidency.

It follows reports in American news outlets that the president was becoming concerned that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election, was closing in on family members – particularly Donald Trump Jnr.

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The meeting on June 9 2016 involved Mr Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, Paul Manafort, his then campaign manager, Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Rinat Akhmetshin, a prominent Russian-American lobbyist, Ike Kaveladze, a business associate of a Moscow-based developer known to the Trump family, and a translator, Anatoli Samochornov. Also present was the British man who organised the meetings Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who worked as a publicist for the well connected Russian singer Emin Agalarov.

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When news of the meeting was first reported by the New York Times in July 2017, Mr Trump Jr said it had was to talk about a stalled Russian adoption programme.

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Ms Veselnitskaya has worked on behalf of the Russian government to get the US government to lift the Magnitsky Act sanctions, targeting several people close to Vladimir Putin for their alleged role in the murder of Russian lawyer wen whistleblower. The sanctions infuriated Mr Putin and he reposed by halted the adoption of Russian babies by Americans.

But Mr Trump Jr later admitted he had agreed to to the meeting after being told Ms Veselnitskaya wanted to offer the Trump campaign dirt on Ms Clinton. An email released showing a conversation between Mr Trump Jr and Mr Goldstone revealed the president’s eldest son, saying: “If it’s what you say, I love it especially later in the summer.”

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