Donald Trump Jr. Changed his statement concerning the meet up with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya which occurred during the Presidential campaign, stating that she told him prior to the meeting she had information about Hillary Clinton.
One day earlier, in his original report, Trump Jr. did not mention Hillary Clinton at all. He said that main theme of the meeting was aborted program that allowed American citizens to adopt Russian children.
It seems that president’s son changed his mind over the meeting after seeing additional content from New York Times which wrote first about the meeting and information concerning presidential candidate Clinton.
This meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer that is connected to Kremlin is first known non-official meeting between president’s close associates and a Russian. Main focus of federal and congressional investigations is to reveal whether Trump had an agreement with Russians to interfere in the presidential elections. President, in his own manner called this whole story a “hoax”.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman and Jared Kushner his son-in-law were also present at the meeting with the lawyer.
Quoting the White House advisers who were informed about the meeting, NY Times said that president’s son agreed to meet up after finding out the possibility of getting information harmful to Clinton.
Trump Jr. said he did not know the name of the person prior to the meeting, he was just told by an old acquaintance to go to a meeting as that person could have some useful information that could help Trump’s campaign. He added that Veselnitskaya said she has information about “individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee”.
“No details or supporting information was provided or even offered… It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.” stated Donald Trump Jr. adding that his father did not know about the meeting.
Day before the new statement Trump Jr. explained that meeting was “short introductory meeting” where they discussed aborted American-Russian adoption program. Program was ended by Russians after U.S. sanctioned them after the death of imprisoned lawyer that was considered a political prisoner.
He said that he believes that “true agenda” of the meeting was discussion about the program and not the elections, but that Clinton information was just a ploy for the encounter.
“I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office,” said Trump Jr.
Conserning this, Mark Corallo, a spokesman for president’s legal team said “The president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.”
Trump Jr. does is not a member of the administration and is not required to reveal his foreign contacts. The newspaper said the meeting was revealed in recent days to government investigators. This happened when Kushner filed a revised version of a form needed to obtain a security clearance. Kushner’s attorney has acknowledged that Kushner’s first security clearance submission was incomplete. Manafort also recently revealed the meeting to investigators.
Newspapers also said Veselnitskaya’s clients are state-owned businesses and the son of a government official whose company was under scrutiny in the United States.