Following the New York Times’ bombshell report that Donald Trump Jr. knowingly agreed to a meeting with a Russian attorney after being promised damaging information about his father’s then-political opponent Hillary Clinton, and that he had been told in an email that the information came from the Russian government’s efforts to elect his father, President Trump’s eldest son on released the full text of the emails on Tuesday, just before the Times published another story about them. The emails show Trump Jr. enthusiastically agreeing to hear whatever dirt his Russian quarry has.
“To everyone, in order to be totally transparent, I am releasing the entire email chain,” Trump wrote in a message posted to his Twitter account.
What followed were four pages of emails—slightly edited to obscure personal details—that seemingly corroborate the Times’ reporting.
The emails are hardly difficult to decode.
Trump Jr. is told that the “crown prosecutor of Russia” wants to provide the Trump campaign with information that would “incriminate Hillary.” He is asked to meet with a Russian national acting as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Trump Jr. replies, “if it’s what you say, I love it.”
Here are the emails in chronological order:
President Donald Trump, whose White House has operated under a cloud of suspicion regarding alleged Russian influence, has yet to respond to his eldest son’s latest disclosure.