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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report provides a detailed account of the days before the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians – and reveals that Ivanka and Eric Trump attended a meeting about adverse Clinton information on the way.
Investigators principally focused on the June 9 meeting itself – exhuming emails between Donald Trump Jr. and a British music publicist that set up the meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer after the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton.
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They also included supplementary information that reveals discussions of the anticipated meeting got touted to senior staff and Trump family members.
Former Deputy campaign chair Rick Gates, who cooperated with prosecutors in the trial of campaign chair Paul Manafort, described information that was announced at a regular staff meeting in the days before the June 9 meeting with Russians.
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'Rick Gates, who was the deputy campaign chairman, stated during interviews with the Office that in the days before June 9, 2016 Trump Jr. announced at a regular morning meeting of senior campaign staff and Trump family members that he had a lead on negative information about the Clinton Foundation,' according to the Mueller report.
'Gates believed that Trump Jr. said the information was coming from a group in Kyrgyzstan and that he was introduced to the group by a friend,' it states. The anti-Clinton information offered up to Don Jr in fact was linked to Moscow, not another Russian republic. However the source of information, oligarch Aras Agalarov, was born in Azerbaijan, which could explain confusion.
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According to Gates, the meeting was attended by Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Manafort, press secretary Hope Hics, and – 'joining late' – Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner.
Manafort, now sitting in jail after his conviction on corruption charges stemming from his work on behalf of Ukraine, urged caution.
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'According to Gates, Manafort warned the...
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