New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the presidential campaign to receive "incriminating" information about Hillary Clinton, the president's son tweeted out copies of his email exchange that initiated the meeting. So what do Trump Jr.'s emails with Rob Goldstone say?
On June 3, 2016, in the first
email correspondence between Goldstone and Trump Jr., Goldstone wrote, under the subject line "Russia — Clinton — private and confidential": Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russisa and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin. What do you think is the best way to handle this information ad would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly? I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
About 20 minutes later, according to the time stamp on the emails, Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone, saying:
Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?
On June 6, Goldstone wrote back to Trump Jr., saying:
Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary info — you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day Best to you and family Rob Goldstone
Around 3 p.m. that day, Trump Jr. responded with:
And Goldstone said:
Let me track him down in Moscow What number he could call?
Trump Jr. responded:
Ok he's on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Mintutes so I am sure can call Rob
And then Trump Jr. wrote back:
The next day, June 7, Goldstone sent a message saying:
Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday. I believe you are aware of the meeting — and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you? I assume it would be at your office.
Trump Jr. replied:
How about 3 at our offices? Thanks rob appreciate you helping set it up.
To which Goldstein said:
Perfect... I won't sit in on the meeting, but will bring them at 3pm and introduce you etc. I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today.
And Trump Jr. tells him the details of who will be with him and where his office is, saying:
Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me. 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.
The next day, Goldstone said:
Would it be possible to move tomorrow meeting to 4pm as the Russian attorney is in court until 3 i was just informed.
And Trump Jr. responded, writing:
Yes Rob I could do that unless they wanted to do 3 today instead...just let me know and ill lock it in either way.
But Coldstone said:
They can't do today as she hasn't landed yet from Moscow 4pm is great tomorrow.
And Trump Jr. forwarded the email to Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, telling them that the meeting was scheduled:
Meeting got moved to 4 tomorrow my offices.
In a statement read by deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders,
President Donald Trump responded to Trump Jr.'s emails, saying, "My son is a high quality person, and I applaud his transparency."