The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Josh Dawsey report:President Donald Trump Jr. and his son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer last year and were promised damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
But now, Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, has come forward with a detailed account of what he claims he saw and heard in a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.
The two reportedly discussed adoption issues and were led to a room where a translator told them Veselnititskaya was offering them damaging information on Clinton.
The story was confirmed by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also said the meeting was about adoption.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
The meeting occurred amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia.
In March, the Trump administration revoked a 2015 Magnitsky Act sanctions relief deal and put new sanctions on Russia.
The sanctions, which came into effect in July, were designed to punish the Kremlin for its role in the 2016 killing of the Russian lawyer.
Trump Jr. released emails from the meeting in which he claimed to be offered compromising information on Hillary Clinton, which he then passed to his father-in, Kushner.
The president Jr. says the meeting ended without him getting anything.
In his account, Veselnatskaya tells the two they were offered information on the Clintons’ finances, which Kushner, Trump Jr., and Trump Sr. claim were the subject of the meeting.
The emails have not been released.
The president Jr.’ s account, according to a source familiar with the meeting, does not include any claims of improper conduct by Trump Jr or his father.
The Times reported that the meeting took place during the presidential transition, which could have been a reason why Kushner was not present at the time.