Trump's son met Russian lawyer after promise of information on Clinton: New York Times

The New York Times reported on Sunday that President Donald Trump's son met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Then United States president-elect Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower in New York on Jan 11, 2017.
Then United States president-elect Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower in New York on Jan 11, 2017. PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - United States President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr agreed to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 campaign after being promised damaging information about Mrs Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Sunday (July 9), citing three advisers to the White House.

Mr Trump's then-campaign chairman, Mr Paul Manafort, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended the meeting, the Times reported.

The Times quoted a statement from Mr Donald Trump Jr, in which he acknowledged meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

"After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs Clinton," the Times quoted him as saying.

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Mrs Clinton was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

"Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information."

Allegations of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia have cast a shadow over Mr Donald Trump's first five months in office, distracting from attempts by his fellow Republicans in Congress to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems.

The Kremlin has denied US intelligence agencies'conclusion that Moscow tried to tilt the election in Mr Trump's favour, using means such as hacking into the e-mails of senior Democrats. Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.