Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the US president, tried to get rid of a growing controversy over a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, saying Tuesday that in retrospect he would have done things a bit differently.
“Looking back,” Fox News said, “I would probably have done things a little differently.”
However, she defended her decision to meet Natalia Veselnitskaya – who offered incriminating information against Hillary Clinton – despite acknowledging that she represented the Russian government, a claim rejected by Moscow.
They had something, you know, maybe a concrete proof of all the stories I’d heard, probably over-stated for years, not just during the campaign, so I think I wanted to hear, “he said. He said.
Trump Jr. said that his meeting on June 9, 2016 and e-mail exchange took place before the Russian intervention became public knowledge.
“This (was) pre-Russian fever … This (was) pre-Russian mania … I do not think my sirens were (or) my antenna is mounted at that time because that was not the problem that has been Done in the last nine months, ten months. ”
Russia’s accusations of interference targeted media reports in August and were confirmed in a joint statement by the US intelligence community in October.
Trump also defended his son, but rather shy at first – the caller as a “high-quality person.”
It was more expansive Wednesday saying Trump Jr., “was open, transparent and innocent.” Trump was referring to Fox’s interview with his son.
Trump’s critics have been described by critics as Trump’s “gun,” which links his campaign to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections under the Justice Department’s investigation and conferences.
Trump Jr, accompanied by his brother, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, director of the campaign, met Veselnitskaya in the Trump Tower.
The British publicist Rob Goldstone, an intermediary who created the meeting, was in an email to Trump Jr described Veselnitskaya as a “Russian government lawyer” who offered information that “incriminate Hillary and her relations with Russia and would make very useful to your father “.
“Obviously it is very sensitive information and very high level, but it is part of Russia and its government support for M. Trump,” Goldstone said in the e-mail exchange made public by Trump Jr Tuesday to anticipate the imminent press releases .
Trump Jr. responded within minutes of this letter: “If that’s what you say, I especially love it late in the summer.”