Donald Trump Jr. accused the media and Democratic Party of showing "desperation" by latching onto reports that he was told in an email that a Russian lawyer had damaging information about Hillary Clinton that was part of the Kremlin's effort to boost his father's presidential campaign.
"Media & Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a yr, I understand the desperation!"
Media & Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a yr, I understand the desperation!— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2017
The New York Times reported Monday that publicist Rob Goldstone helped facilitate a meeting between President Trump's son and Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after she had offered to disclose damaging information about Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
Donald Trump Jr., President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort attended the meeting.
Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, denied any wrongdoing by the president's eldest son.
"In my view, this is much ado about nothing," he told the Times. "During this busy period, Robert Goldstone contacted Don Jr. in an email and suggested that people had information concerning alleged wrongdoing by Democratic Party front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in her dealings with Russia. Don Jr.'s takeaway from this communication was that someone had information potentially helpful to the campaign and it was coming from someone he knew. Don Jr. had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed."