Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Sam Thielman, TPM: With a cast of characters like Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Carter Page, it seemed like only a matter of time before at least one of them had to explain a paper trail describing suspicious contact -- whether through naïveté or malice -- with Russian agents trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. It just didn't seem very likely that the person in question would announce that he had taken a meeting because he had been promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of an explicit Russian government effort to help Donald Trump's campaign. Or that this person would post the paper trail on Twitter. Or that he would be the president's eldest son. On Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET on the nose, Donald Trump, Jr. posted to his public Twitter account a one-paragraph statement followed by four pages of emails between himself and Rob Goldstone, a British music publicist and acquaintance of the Trump family.
Three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation said that special counsel Robert Mueller's team only recently learned about the meeting, which Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, divulged on his recently amended application for a security clearance. A separate U.S. official briefed on the matter said that federal investigators will look into the sit-down that the President's son agreed to have with an individual described by an acquaintance in an email as "a Russian government attorney" who had "high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton.
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