Trump Jr. releases emails confirming he was told of Russia’s election efforts

Trump Jr. releases emails confirming he was told of Russia’s election efforts

Donald Trump Jr. is basking in New York Attorney General's announcement that he will resign on Tuesday. Trump is shown, participating in a round-table discussion at the Talk Media News radio row in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 8, 2016, the eve of the New Hampshire primary. (Luke Vargas/TMN)

WASHINGTON  —Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday released emails he received in June from a publicist claiming he could provide the president’s eldest son with information that was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

The release confirms the New York Times’ report on Monday that Trump Jr. was told about Russia’s attempts to aid his father’s campaign via an email in June as publicist Rob Goldstone attempted to broker a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

In the emails, Goldstone describes Veselnitskaya as a “Russian government attorney” but does not mention her by name.

Veselnitskaya denied having ties to the Russian government in an interview with NBC on early Tuesday.

In a statement, Trump Jr. said he was releasing the email chain in order to be “totally transparent.”

Trump Jr. has previously acknowledged that he was told the meeting was intended to provide him with information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but said that it instead focused on adoption policies.

Both Trump Jr. and President Donald Trump’s private legal team have said that the elder Trump was unaware of the meeting at the time.

Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a current White House aide, attended the meeting as well.

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