Donald Trump Jr. has released what he says are screenshots of the full email chain arranging the meeting between him and a Russian attorney who allegedly had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York on June 9, 2016, and was arranged by Rob Goldstone, a music producer and an acquaintance of Trump’s.
Trump posted a statement on his verified Twitter account about the situation, as well as four pages of purported emails between him and Goldstone, saying in the statement that he was doing so “in order to be totally transparent.”
In the messages, Goldstone describes the lawyer as “The Russian government attorney,” and her name is not mentioned.
The exchange appears to have begun on June 3, 2016, when Goldstone reached out to the eldest son of then-candidate Donald Trump Sr. In that email Goldstone appears to refer to one of his clients, Emin Agalarov, a singer from Azerbaijan who is the son of a wealthy businessman, Aras Agalarov.
“Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting,” Goldstone wrote, according to a screenshot.
“The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” Goldstone wrote, according to the screenshot.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin,” Goldstone allegedly continued.
In a subsequent email in the purported chain, Goldstone allegedly wrote that he won’t sit in on the meeting but “will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later.”
The lawyer has been publicly identified as Natalia Veselnitskaya, but the identity of the second person has not been established. Donald Trump…