Donald Trump Jr. might be in hot water over a seemingly incriminating email chain that links him to a Russian lawyer — and many have called this ironic, given the times Trump Jr. called out Hillary Clinton for her emails during the 2016 presidential election.
First, the backstory: On Tuesday, Trump Jr. released an email chain that substantiated The New York Times' Monday report that the president's son had met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016, under the understanding that she could provide information that would incriminate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Veselnitskaya has denied that she attended the June 2016 meeting on behalf of the Russian government and claims she is just a private citizen.
"To everyone, in order to be totally transparent, I am releasing the entire email chain of my emails," Trump Jr. tweeted on Tuesday. "I first wanted to just have a phone call but when that didn't work out, they said the woman would be in New York and asked if I would meet."
In the emails, publicist Rob Goldstone said that a Russian prosecutor could provide proof that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." Goldstone, who has a client that is the son of a prominent Russian businessman, added:
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.
Trump Jr. responded a few minutes later:
If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer.
Amid his own email scandal, here's some of the times that Trump Jr. has called out Clinton for hers.