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Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday tweeted an email exchange that seemed to show the president’s son entertained an offer of Russian government help for his father to be elected president in 2016.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” said the text that Trump Jr. posted on Twitter.
In the messages, an intermediary for Russian business allies of the Trumps offer what they call incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. That eventually led to a meeting — set up by music promoter Rob Goldstone — among a Russian attorney, Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Trump Jr. did not seem bothered by the offer, which brought him and the campaign into a questionable legal area.
“If it’s what you say,” Trump Jr. replied, “I love it.”
It’s illegal under federal law to solicit or accept a campaign contribution from a foreign national or foreign government.
On Tuesday, in his first comments about the meeting since it was revealed, President Trump stood by his son.
“My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” Trump said, in a statement read by White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders.