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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, alerted authorities in June about Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Knowledge of the June 2016 meeting became public with a New York Times report last month. Authorities, however, were informed of the meeting by Manafort a month prior, on June 9, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya included Manafort, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, Russian political operative, Rinat Akhmetshin, and Russian real estate executive, Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze.
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Rob Goldstone helped broker the meeting, claiming that Veselnitskaya could provide him with compromising information against Hillary Clinton as part of Russian government's efforts to help Trump's candidacy, according to the New York Times.
The documents "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father," read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."
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If the future president's elder son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material—or the notion that it was part of an ongoing effort by the Russian government to aid his father's campaign—he gave no indication.
He replied within minutes: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer."
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