Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday posted emails on his Twitter account that showed he was open to receiving information indirectly from Russia that would damage Hillary Clinton last year, and said of the idea in one of the emails, "I love it."
In a series of photos posted to his Twitter account, the emails show Trump Jr. corresponding with Rob Goldstone, who reportedly set up the meeting with Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year.
"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," Goldstone said in his first email to Trump Jr. on June 3.
That email added that the Trump campaign could gain access to "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father."
In response, Trump Jr. wrote that "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer," and said he wanted to meet the following week.
The earliest email Trump shared on Twitter was dated June 6. In a 3:03 p.m. message from Trump to Goldstone, Trump asked if the two could speak immediately. A message from Goldstone to Trump preceded this email, but cannot be viewed.
Goldstone responded that hour that he would "track him down in Moscow," though it's not clear who Goldstone is referring to. Trump tells Goldstone to have his friend call his cell phone.
"Ok he's on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I am sure can call Rob," Goldstone responded.
During the 4 o'clock hour, Trump thanked him for the help. Goldstone wrote back the following afternoon.
"Hope all is well Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and the Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday. I believe you are aware of the meeting - and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you? I assume it would be at your office," Goldstone wrote.
Trump thanked for setting up the meeting. Goldstone said he did not plan to sit in on the discussion, but would bring his friend by at 3 p.m.
"I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today," Goldstone added.
Trump said he expected then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his brother-in-law Jared Kushner attending the meeting with him.
By Wednesday, June 8, Goldstone wrote Trump, asking to move the June 9 meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. "as the Russian attorney is in court until 3."
Trump confirmed in a separate email with Manafort and Kushner the meeting will take place in his office at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Thursday.
The emails were released Tuesday morning shortly before the New York Times was expected to publish transcripts of Trump and Goldstone's interactions.
The three men believed Veselnistkaya had damaging information about Clinton, but said the meeting yielded nothing of interest to the campaign.
The New York Times reported Monday that Trump Jr. received an email stating that the Kremlin-tied lawyer had information damaging to Clinton, and that the information was part of Russia's attempts to help Trump during the campaign.
But Trump Jr. said the meeting ended when it became clear to the men that Veselnitskaya didn't have information, and instead wanted to discuss the adoption of Russian children by Americans.
The White House has maintained that Trump did not know about Trump Jr.'s meeting until it was reported in the press over the weekend.
But in a series of interviews Tuesday morning, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, said Trump Jr.'s attempts to gain damaging information against Clinton are "what political campaigns do."
Numerous congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are currently investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to defeat Clinton.
Following the New York Times article last night, which stated Trump Jr., received an email from Goldstone saying the information against Clinton was part of the Russian government's attempts to aide Trump, a number of Senate and House Democrats have said the email indicates the Trump campaign sought Russia's help in defeating Clinton.
Earlier Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said the investigation could now move beyond obstruction of justice and into "perjury, false statements, and even into potentially treason."