Trump Jr. willing to testify about meeting Russian lawyer

During an interview Tuesday night, Donald Trump Jr. said he would be willing to testify under oath about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, who he was told had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. File Photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/UPI

July 12 (UPI) — Donald Trump Jr. said he would be willing to testify about his meeting with a Russian lawyer who he was told had damaging documents on Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential campaign.

Trump Jr. made the comment during a Fox News appearance Tuesday night. After host Sean Hannity said Trump Jr. had “nothing to hide,” the host asked him whether “you’ll testify under oath, all of that?”

“All of it,” Trump Jr. replied.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday released an email chain indicating he agreed to meet someone he thought was a “Russian government attorney” who had documents that would “incriminate” Clinton in June 2016.

The disclosure about Trump Jr.’s meeting comes as former FBI Director Robert Mueller — as a special counsel — investigates allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in an effort to defeat rival candidate Clinton.

In the interview discussing the meeting Trump Jr. had with the person identified as a Russian official, Trump Jr. said he “probably would have done things a little differently” with the benefit of hindsight.

“This [was] pre-Russia fever. This [was] pre-Russia mania,” Trump Jr. told Hannity. “I don’t think my sirens went [off] or my antenna went up at this time because it wasn’t the issue that it’s been made out to be over the last nine months, ten months.”

Trump Jr. on Sunday confirmed the meeting after The New York Timesreported on Saturday that he met with Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016, in New York City’s Trump Tower. Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager at the time, and Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, also attended the meeting.

“For me this was opposition research,” Trump Jr. added during the interview. “They had something, you know, maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I’d been hearing about … so I think I wanted to hear it out. But really it went nowhere and it was apparent that wasn’t what the meeting was about.”

Donald Trump defended his son early Wednesday.

“My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

The Times said Trump Jr. posted the email chain after the newspaper reached out for a comment and informed him the newspaper would publish the content of the emails.


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