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>> I'm Donald Trump, Jr.>> President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the campaign after reportedly being promised damaging information about Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton according to The New York Times. In a statement made available to Reuters, Donald Jr. claimed quote, the woman had stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton.
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Her statements were vague, ambiguous, and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. He added that was the end of it and there was no further contact or followup of any kind, my father knew nothing of the meetings or these events.
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Reuters criminal justice correspondent Julia Edwards Ansley is looking into the potential legal ramifications of Don Junior's meetings.>> Right now there is a debate obviously among experts of federal election's law over whether or not Donald Trump Jr. got anything of value from this meeting with the Russian lawyer.
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A thing of value is part of a statute that prohibits foreign nationals from contributing or getting involved with US elections. So that thing of value and the intent is going to be something that we'll determine whether or not this meeting was legal in the first place. And then could also add into the wider probe of whether or not there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
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>> Also present at the sit-down, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort. The New York Times report on Donald Jr. is the first indication that someone in the president's inner circle was open to receiving help from Moscow, and it further throws into doubt this exchange in January with Vice President Mike Pence.
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>> Did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?>> Of course not.>> The Kremlin has denied any involvement in trying to tilt the election for Trump. While the President has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia.
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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is acting as a special council for the Justice Department, looking at the question of whether anyone with the Trump campaign worked with a foreign adversary to help the President win the White House.