Trump Jr. tells New York Times that he was told to ‘get out’ of meeting with Russian lawyer
President Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the president, said in a Monday interview with the New York Post that he did not tell Trump Jr to get out of the meeting with the Russian lawyer because the president asked him to.
In an interview published Monday night, Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, said the president had been briefed by Trump Jr’s lawyers on the meeting in June 2016 and had asked that it be moved to a different time slot.
But Futerfa told the Post that Trump Jr told him Trump was “absolutely sure” the meeting was about “Russia” and was prepared to accept it, which he did, despite having been warned that the meeting would be inappropriate.
Trump Jr wrote in a June email that the president told him that the subject of the conversation was “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump and his campaign.”
He added that Trump “told me it would be a good idea” to tell the Russians to refrain from interfering in the election.
Trump has denied that he told the president to get the meeting out of view, saying that he and the president knew it was inappropriate.
He did not respond to a request for comment.
The meeting occurred in Trump Tower just days after Trump announced his candidacy for president, which was followed by an effort to discredit the Trump campaign.
Trump, who has denied any collusion with Russia, had sought to tamp down on that effort by ordering his Justice Department to investigate possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.
The president has said he believes the investigation will be thorough and that he will not be indicted.
Trump was criticized by the Justice Department for not following the law.
Futerfsaid Monday that the Trump family had asked the attorney general’s office to investigate whether the meeting had violated campaign finance laws, and the Justice Office told the White House counsel’s office that the issue had been referred to the special counsel.