By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump, Jr.) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he accepted a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer offering derogatory information about Hillary Clinton because he wanted to gauge the former secretary of state’s “fitness” for office.
In a prepared statement provided to the committee, Trump Jr. also said that he planned to consult with his attorneys after being offered the Clinton dirt.
But in his statement, of which The New York Times obtained a copy, Trump Jr. insisted that nothing came of the June 9, 2016 meeting, which was attended on the Trump campaign side by Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin were the two main players on the Russian side.
The meeting has attracted the attention of the several committees investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also inquiring about the meeting. His investigators interviewed Akhmetshin last month.
Source: Daily Caller