Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. eagerly accepted help from what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to emails he released publicly on Tuesday.

The email exchange posted to Twitter by Donald Trump’s eldest son represents the clearest sign to date that members of the president’s inner circle were willing to meet during the campaign with Russians who wanted Trump to prevail. U.S. intelligence agencies have said the Russian government meddled in the election through hacking to aid Trump.

The emails show Trump Jr. conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a lawyer from Moscow. The publicist describes the lawyer as a “Russian government attorney” who has dirt on Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” In one response, Trump Jr. says, “I love it.”

Trump Jr., who was deeply involved in his father’s presidential campaign, released the emails along with a statement describing the disclosure as an effort “to be totally transparent.” The emails with publicist Rob Goldstone show that Trump Jr. was told that the Russian government had information that could “incriminate” Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Hours after the emails were released, the president rose to his son’s defense.

“My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency,” Trump said Tuesday in a statement read to reporters by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Although Sanders declined to answer any questions about the emails, she said the White House stood by its insistence that no one in Trump’s campaign had colluded to influence the election.

The messages were the latest disclosure to roil the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the election and potential collusion with Trumps campaign. As congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigate, the emails will almost certainly be reviewed for any signs of coordination with the Kremlin, which the White House and Trump Jr. have repeatedly denied.

A spokesman for Mueller, the former FBI director, declined to comment.

The contents of Trump Jr.’s emails brought swift reaction from Democrats including members of the Senate intelligence committee.

“These emails show there is no longer a question of whether this campaign sought to collude with a hostile foreign power to subvert America’s democracy,” said Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Yet other lawmakers urged caution. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who sits on the intelligence committee, said the emails “certainly raise questions” but added “we’re seeing only part of the picture.” She called on the committee to interview Trump Jr. and those involved in the meeting.

In the emails, Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. that the information “would be very useful to your father.” Goldstone was working to connect Trump Jr. to Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who later met with Trump Jr. in New York at Trump Tower. Veselnitskaya has denied that she ever worked for the Russian government.

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied to Goldstone in one of a series of email exchanges the younger Trump posted to Twitter.

The emails, dated early June, show Goldstone telling Trump that singer Emin Agalarov and his father, Moscow-based developer Aras Agalarov, had “helped along” the Russian government’s support for Trump. The elder Agalarov was involved with Trump in hosting the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. The two men also had preliminary discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow that fell through. Trump also appeared in a music video with the younger Agalarov.

In his email, Goldstone says that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” offered to provide the information on Clinton to the Trump campaign in a meeting with Aras Agalarov. There is no such royal title in the Russian Federation, but Goldstone — who is British — may have been referring to the title given to state prosecutors in the United Kingdom.

In Russia, the top justice official is Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, the equivalent of the attorney general in the United States. Chaika is longtime confidant of Vladimir Putin who was directly appointed by the Russian president.

Representatives for the Agalarovs didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Attempts to reach Chaika at his office Tuesday were unsuccessful.

In one of the emails, Goldstone said he could send the information about Clinton to Trump’s father first directly “via Rhona,” an apparent reference to the elder Trump’s longtime assistant, Rhona Graff, from his days at the helm of the Trump Organization.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Goldstone described the information as purported evidence of illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee. It’s unclear what proof, if any, Veselnitskaya provided during the meeting.

The email release followed days of evolving accounts from Trump Jr. about the nature of the meeting and its purpose. The president’s son posted the emails only after they were obtained by The New York Times.

On Saturday, in his initial description of the encounter, Trump Jr. said it was a “short introductory meeting” focused on the disbanded program that had allowed American adoptions of Russian children. Moscow ended the adoptions in response to Magnitsky Act sanctions created in response to alleged human rights violations in Russia.

A day later, Trump Jr. changed his account, acknowledging that he was told beforehand that Veselnitskaya might have information “helpful” to the Trump campaign, and was told by her during the meeting that she had something about Clinton.

In his most recent description of what occurred, on Tuesday, Trump Jr. said he had believed the information he would hear about Clinton would be political opposition research.

“The woman, as she has said publicly, was not a government official,” Trump Jr. said in the Tuesday statement. “And, as we have said, she had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act.”

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PHOTO: AP

Associated Press writers Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York, Julie Bykowicz, Mary Clare Jalonick and Michael Biesecker in Washington, and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.

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45 thoughts on “Donald Trump Jr. Releases Emails In Russia Probe

  1. Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? There is no fee, I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for our comm5unity and I liked what you wrote. I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. If “OK” please let me know via email.

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  2. Diane on said:

    Now we have reports that international money was coming in from Russia. Russian money was coming into our country during the election. They damn sure weren’t contributing money to Hilary’s campaign. Sounds like collusion to me.

    • Diane on said:

      This man is the fakest mofo in the world. Yeah his fake ass better pray. He’s going down. Maybe not today, not tomorrow. But it will happen. I can’t wait.

    • specialt757 on said:

      A “prayer circle” what? Are you serious? This family doesn’t have one spiritual bone amongst the whole clan I mean klan. Keep on “playing” with God if they want to.

  3. hotlanta on said:

    There was more than one meeting. Karma is a bytch. They still talking about Hilary. They had a fit when Lynch and Bill spoke on the tarmac for a second in pubic but said Eddie Munster was in the meeting for 20 minutes and didn’t commit a crime.

  4. There is no way in hell that Big Chump did not know what his turd of a son was doing.
    These folks do nothing but LIE!!!!!!!!

    However, what is done in the dark-always comes to the LIGHT!!!!!!!

    Everyday there is some new mess regarding Chump and his administration.

    Watergate was never this good!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jhuf on said:

      Well the Clinton impeachment proceedings in 96 come to my mind in which charges of [obstruction, perjury, abuse of power were leveled] since the evidence was far more concrete and impeachment proceedings amounted to ZIP, you plantation zombies can
      Just stick one hand out in hope squat and hold the other you know where and see which one fills with something first

  5. George on said:

    Stay woke y’all, it’s not about Obama, Hillary or anybody else, we’re talking ONLY about our current president who is getting away with stuff that no other president has . The founding fathers have to be turning over in their graves!!!

      • jhuff on said:

        Oh Really!!! DNC hacking scandal which revealed they colluded with Hillary to destroy Bernie’s campaign guess you were in a coma during that debacle

  6. specialt757 on said:

    Jose’ you are the worst. Your only defense is to throw what Obama did or didn’t do into the conversation. This is ALL trump and his family ties to Russia. Obama put in sanctions against Russia, #45 is actually reversing them. What part of he’s unfit don’t you get. 45 only cares about himself and cares absolutely nothing about the American people. Grow the f**k up and see him for who he is, hold him accountable and stop acting like a p****y whipped school kid.
    I said back in Feb or Mar there is going to come a time when his party won’t be able to defend his actions and that time has come. They are backing away. He is not a good president for the U.S. maybe he should be exiled to Russia to sit along side his mentor, Putin. It’s past time for impeachment hearings to begin. It took over 900 days to get Nixon out, I sure hope it doesn’t take that long for this clown. In 6 mos he’s manage to become America’s worse president in modern times.

    • Trump blew up there planes in Syria which in case you didn’t notice was garnered threats from Putin his so called controller , No worst president distinction goes to Carter Biggest reelection loss in history

      • worldtraveler on said:

        Correction: He set a few bombs off in the fields because the planes were taking off as soon as daylight. #distraction

    • Chastity on said:

      They always try to bring up Obama or Clinton to try to deflect the attention from what this arrogant, narcissistic, orange clown faced fool is doing.

  7. jhuff on said:

    Dam!! Trump Jr can release his e-mails… hey Hillary where are yours??
    BTW the Ukrainian Gov provided information to the Clinton campaign soo I guess Hillary should go to jail as well and as I’ve said Obama knew about Russian interference did nothing it wasn’t important then so it’s not important now

    • Diane on said:

      Blah, blah, blah. Hillary isn’t the president. What the funk has your prez done to the Russians for their meddling in our elections?? He won’t even allow the house to vote on the sanctions the senate voted on. Obama did do something. He sent the Russians packing. Your prez wants to bring them back. The walls are caving in on this presidency. I don’t think many ppl who read this website think he’ll be in office for four yrs.

      • Well if his returns are reflective of the Rachael Madcow exclusive that revealed
        that year he paid more in taxes than all of his critics combined then what?
        Right Hillary isn’t president so why is she and Obama running around acting like they are? And since neither can stop talking about Trump why should we stop talking about them , not to mention the level of hypocrisy from lib’s and the media when it comes to
        The Improprieties of his and Her administration

      • And please explain what the hell tax returns will show? If there was something illegal the IRS would have been all over it (after all Lois Lerner Obamas IRS director had to take the fifth when hauled before congress when evidence showed she targeted conservative groups) so surly Trump would have been a prime target as well, so your about the only lib who keeps entering that dead horse in the race

      • specialt757 on said:

        @Jose’
        His tax return will tell a lot, like his business dealings with foreign entities, which is what’s suspected. He’s in bed with U.S. enemies, he should not be president, he can’t serve to masters and in this case, the American people and Russia’s devils.
        Wake up dude.

    • worldtraveler on said:

      Hillary is not in office, Obama handed out sanctions-which is killing Putin and Trump still hasn’t done one thing. Trump won’t even admit Putin was guilty of hacking our system. Afraid to-#peetape

      • jhuff on said:

        “Hillary is not in office” yes thanks to Wikileaks and the Russians one of Obama’s sanctions should have been dealing with Russian interference and maybe crooked Hillary might have been POTUS 45

  8. Diane on said:

    Wow, just heard Daddy dearest slapped don jr down in front of his friends when he was in college, because he was wearing a baseball Jesey to a game. Daddy slapped him down to the floor and told him to put on a suii. I always knw the trumpster was an evil devil. I bet he dogs the hell out of Melania behind close doors. He is a crazy mofo.

  9. The Truth on said:

    The really think the American people are Real Stupid…45 said he is proud of his transparency…What? He only came out because New York Times wS getting ready to expose it. You its New York so some how he found out. All this time we have been talking about Russia Now Now Now he has something to say…Liars..Liars…and Traitors. He will do anything to Win. This country is so Mixed up…One more point these Religious channels agreeing with 45 and all his wrong doing is Wrong…There were alot of evil leaders in the bible and God took care of them bu none of tbe pepple of God was on tbose evil leader side and if they were they went down with that leader. Please stop saying 45 is a great leader and people are hurting and crying. Pray for God to open your eyes…because 45 is Not listening. Be True to GOD..HE IS NOTA GOD 0F CONFUSION,HATE OR DIVISION SO STOP IT!!!

  10. Mac Ben on said:

    Gotcha bitch!!!! Don Jr. obviously didnt consult with his counsel before this release. The proof is in the emails dumbass 😀

      • Diane on said:

        I checked out the @ dtjr children’s books. I like the one that he was on the cover of time magazine that read, ” he should be doing time”. Lol. And the one with Putin looking at him on the computer on the bed in the robe. Can anyone say #peetape. Lol

  11. Diane on said:

    Now he’s someone I wish would take his goofy ass somewhere and sit the funk down. He’s his daddys #1 cheerleader. Low and behold his mommy raised him and he couldn’t stand daddy dearest when he divorce his mother. This family is so full of sh*t. Lies, lies, and more lies. The walls are caving in on this farce

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