Donald Trump Jr. was told in an email before his meeting with a Russian lawyer — who he believed had damaging info on Hillary Clinton — that the material was part of the Kremlin’s effort to aid his father’s campaign, a report says.
At least three people with knowledge of the correspondence told the New York Times that the message was sent by publicist Rob Goldstone as he helped arrange the June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Trump Jr. admitted Sunday that he was interested in getting the potentially damaging information on Clinton, but gave no indication that he was aware of the Kremlin’s connection to the election.
The email ultimately indicates that the info came straight from the Russians, the Times reported.
“It’s a very serious development,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC. “It all warrants thorough investigation. Everyone who was in that meeting ought to come before our committee.”
The email does not elaborate, though, on any other efforts by Moscow officials to help aid the Trump campaign.