The scandal surrounding the Trump administration’s alleged connections to Russia exploded Tuesday. After learning that the New York Times planned to publish a report on emails between himself and a campaign confidante brokering a meeting with a Russian lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. released the full chain of emails on Twitter.
The emails are primarily composed of proposed meeting times and scheduling changes, but one key passage by Goldstone has captured the attention of the media, government officials, and people around the world:
After months of not only dismissing the possibility of the 2016 election having been influenced by Russian intervention, but also of having colluded in any way whatsoever with Russian officials, Goldstone's explicit mention of "Russia and its government's support for Mr Trump" could prove to be a significant turning point in the current investigation of Trump and his campaign.
The full text of his emails can be read below:
Following his decision to post the emails on Twitter, Trump Jr. did not respond to any discussion regarding Goldstone's apparent confirmation of Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Rather, he retweeted multiple comments praising his "transparency" and characterizing the media as hypocritical for criticizing his "opposition research" while reportedly turning a blind eye to similar activity by Democrats.
The White House quickly rushed to Trump Jr.'s defense. “The president’s campaign did not collude in any way. Don Jr. did not collude with anybody to influence the election,” said deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “No one within the Trump campaign colluded in order to influence the election.” She added, “The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed.”