Emails sent by Rob Goldstone clear new questions about the topics that were discussed at a controversial June union in Trump Tower attended by senior Trump campaign officials and a Russian solicitor, CNN reported Thursday.
Goldstone, the British publicist who set up the meeting, sent multiple emails in the days that adopted to a Russian participant in the meeting and Trump aide Dan Scavino.
In one email Goldstone reassured Scavino, now the White House’s social media director, to get candidate Trump to accompany the Russian social network VK, according to CNN. He noted that Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, who was then Trump’s run chairman, were on board with the idea.
CNN reported that it could not mark evidence that the page was set up.
In another email, Goldstone forwarded a copy about Russia’s hacking of DNC emails. He described the news as “eerily freakish” given what was discussed at the Trump Tower meeting less than a week earlier.
A start told CNN that DNC hacking was not brought up at the meeting. Participants of the meeting possess also denied that hacking was brought up.
The emails are the first demonstrate that there was any follow-up to the meeting and raise the possibility that of inquiries were discussed beyond what was previously known. Donald Trump Jr. has then denied that there was follow-up to the June meeting, and has said that the dialogue was primarily about Russian adoptions.
“There wasn’t really consolidation because there was nothing there to follow up,” he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity across the summer.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
When he set up the tryst, Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. that the Russians offered to provide news “that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be remarkably useful to your father.”
Trump Jr. told Hannity that the engagement of dirt was “puffery” that was intended to get the meeting. “There was probably some bait and swap about what it was really supposed to be about,” he said.
The president’s son was bid about the emails at a congressional hearing Wednesday, according to CNN. He said he was not knowledgeable of them or could not recall what they said. None of the emails CNN finked were sent directly to Trump Jr., CNN said.
An attorney for Rob Goldstone did not promptly respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
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