Donald Trump's eldest son and son-in-law met Kremlin-linked lawyer

Aaron Brown
July 10, 2017

"We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for", said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump's legal team.

The confirmation of this meeting comes after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report in which it described what it called a Russian campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election as reported by the New York Times.

But as the last day of the summit was winding down, the New York Times reported that, according to confidential government records, President Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., arranged a meeting with a #Kremlin lawyer at #Trump Tower previous year. Trump Jr. told the New York Times that the recently disclosed meeting was about adoption.

Donald Trump Jr said: "It was a short introductory meeting".

According to interviews and other documents, the New York Times article reveals Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was also present at the same meeting.

On Sunday, Priebus said "the individual that set up the meeting may have been" associated with Fusion GPS, the Washington, D.C. -based strategy firm behind a leaked intelligence dossier that suggested Russian officials possess materials that could be used to blackmail President Trump. On Thursday, before his first meeting with Putin, Trump cast doubt on intelligence community assessments that Russian Federation interfered with the election, saying "nobody knows for sure" what happened.

He is one of several people linked to the Trump campaign who are under scrutiny by a special counsel and congressional committees investigating claims of meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 election. Mr. Kushner has submitted additional updates and included, out of an abundance of caution, this meeting with a Russian person, which he briefly attended at the request of his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr. The President's son said it was primarily about an adoption programme. Their meeting finally took place at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany where it was said they discussed some "pressing" issues.

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Following the G20 meeting, Mr Trump tweeted that he had raised allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election with Putin.

As Donald Trump Jr.is not a member of the administration and has no security clearance, he never had to fill out security forms. In response to the United States actions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed in late 2012 the so-called "Dima Yakovlev Law", which imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by USA nationals, among other provisions.

Putin on Saturday said Trump appeared satisfied during their meeting when told that Russian Federation didn't interfere in last year's election. The campaign was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"As Mr Kushner has consistently stated, he is eager to co-operate and share what he knows", Mr Gorelick said in a statement.

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